Dr. M. Arumugam

Dr. M. Arumugam |Clyto Access

Annamalai University, India


Expertise: Marine Natural Products and Drug Discovery

Biography: Dr. M Arumugam completed his PhD in the field of Marine Biology. Currently, he is working as the assistant professor In Annamalai University, India. He has attended 10 national and 20 international conferences.He also attended 40 seminars and 15 workshops in his area of expertise. He has 9 national and 53 international publications in reputed journals.He was awarded with DST Travel Grant for the year 2010. ,


Title: A Glimpse On Marine Biotechnology In The Development Of Potential Drugs From The Sea


The searching of new or novel drugs is a fascination for researchers and scientific community due to their promises and uniqueness. Most of the current drugs are derived from natural products representing their inevitable potential for drug discovery. Similarly, the marine natural products are also tales their vital contribution to the drug discovery process due to their versatile biodiversity and cocktail chemical diversity. We are mainly targeted the secondary metabolites of unexplored marine organisms from east and west coast of India. In this context, a variety of phenotypic and target based assays is going to be implemented in an evolving screening process. Besides, we are currently pursuing bioactive compounds with antibacterial, antimalarial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and drug delivering properties. Marine organisms remain in queue for the discovery of novel bio-molecules for much life threatened diseases like Cancer, HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, inflammation etc., They are the rich reservoir of numerous chemically diversified molecules targeted by biologists for the decades. The Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University have been actively participated our national programme on “Drugs from the sea” sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES), Government of India. Our team have been reported the promising bioactivities from various marine organisms such as Molluscs, Echinoderms and Sea snakes along the south east coast of India. During this period, we have identified 21 active leads which including 14 anti-bacterial, 3 anti-malarial, 3 anti-fertility, 1 anti-HIV, 2 anti-dysilipidemic compounds.  Although, our voyage on ‘marine drug discovery process’ is continuing for the development of potential drugs from the sea for the wellbeing of society. 


Related Conferences :

Marine Science Research and Technology Conference