Dr Randolph Arroo

Job: School of Pharmacy Head of Research

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Research group(s): Chemistry for Health

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6386

E: rrjarroo@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Research interests/expertise

  • Phytochemistry
  • Natural products
  • Pharmacognosy 
  • Alkaloids
  • Lignans
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Anticancer drugs
  • Malaria 

Areas of teaching

  • Chemistry of medicinal natural products
  • Phytotherapy, complementary and alternative medicine 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Conference attendance

International Symposium on Phytochemicals in Medicine and Food (ISPMF 2015), Shanghai, China, June 26-29 2015 – Invited key note lecture: ‘Dietary Flavonoids and The Prevention of Degenerative Diseases’.


University of L'Aquila, Department of Life, Health & Environmental Sciences, L’Aquila, Italy, 13-15 April 2015 – Visiting professor lecture: ‘Chemopreventive effects of orange peel extract’.


International Conference on Natural products in Cancer Therapy. Naples, 25-28 June 2013 – Invited key note lecture: ‘Phytoestrogens as natural prodrugs in cancer prevention: Towards a mechanistic model’.


Dana Centre/Science Museum, London, 8 November 2012 – Public lecture: ‘Shakespeare's Medicine Cabinet’.


International Conference on Natural Anticancer Drugs. Olomouc, Czech Republic, 30 June – 4 July, 2012 – Invited key note lecture: ‘Plant cell factories: Industrial revolution or green revolution?’


International Conference of Folk and Herbal Medicine. Udaipur (Rajasthan), 25-27 November, 2010 – Invited key note lecture: ‘Self treatment of malaria with preparations of Artemisia annua Linn.’

Current research students

Saeed Nazir (1st supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

February 2011 - July 2011 Removal of Chewing Gum using Nut-based Compounds, funded by the EMDA Innovation Fellowship

October 2009 - July 2010 Phytochemicals Conference 2010, funded by paying delegates

July 2009 - August 2009 Antibacterial Compounds from Osha root (Ligusticum porteri), funded by the Nuffield Foundation

August 2008 - September 2008 Exploration of Cow Parsley (Anthriscus Sylvestris) funded by the Nuffield Foundation

March 2006 - April 2010 Development of Artemisia annua Linn as a UK crop for the production of antimalarial medicine, funded by DEFRA-LINK

Professional esteem indicators

  • Phytotherapy Research - Editorial Board
  • Phytochemical Analysis - Editorial Board
  • Plant Resources of Tropical Africa / Medicinal Plants - Co-editor

Case studies

High-artemisia-yielding Artemisia annua cultivars developed in Dr. Arroo's DEFRA-LINK project (see Externally funded research grants information) are now commercially grown in Madagascar.

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