Faculty & Staff Profile
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the strains of S. aureus that is resistant to multiple antibiotics. Currently MRSA is susceptible to only a few antibiotics such as the glycopeptides vancomycin. I am interested in discovering chemicals from plants of the Red River Valley that exhibit potent activity against this particular strain.
Awards, Distinctions, and Honors
1999: Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Bonn , Germany
1991: Research fellowship by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi , India
1990: Gold medal by Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning, Prasanthi Nilayam , India
“Isolation and Structure of Cancer Cell Growth Inhibitory Tetracyclic Triterpenoids from the Zimbabwean Monadenium lugardae.” George R. Pettit, Qinghua Ye, Delbert L. Herald, John C. Knight, Fiona Hogan, Noeleen Melody, Venugopal J. R. V. Mukku, Dennis L. Doubek, and Jean-Charles Chapuis. Journal of Natural Products. Publication Date (Web): May 23, 2016.
George R. Pettit, Venugopal J. R. V. Mukku, Gordon Cragg, Delbert L. Herald, John C. Knight, Cherry L. Herald, Jean-Charles Chapuis (2008). Antineoplastic agents. 558. Ampelocissus sp. cancer cell growth inhibitory constituents. J. Nat. Prod. , 71:130-133
Anjaneyulu A.S.R., Rao V.L., Sastry, V.G., Venugopal M.J.R.V ., Schmitz, F.J. (2003). Juncins I-M, five new briarane diterpenoids from the Indian Ocean gorgonian Junceella juncea Pallas. J. Nat. Prod ., 66:507-510.
George R. Pettit, Jiang Du, Robin K. Pettit, Linda A. Richert, Fiona Hogan, Venugopal J. R. V. Mukku, Michael S. Hoard (2006). Antineoplastic Agents. 554. The Manitoba bacterium Streptomyces sp . J. Nat. Prod. , 69:804-806.
Ph.D. (1995) Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India
M.Sc. (1990) Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, India
B. Sc (1988) Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, India