Dr Veronique Seidel

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Personal statement

Research within my lab (Natural Products Research Laboratory) is focused on the discovery of small molecules from natural sources with pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical applications. The natural sources investigated include plants and products from the beehive such as honey/ propolis originating from various geographical locations worldwide. My interests are centered on the discovery of natural molecules with antitubercular, anti-inflammatory, antibiofilm, and antivirulence activity.

I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the Francophone Apitherapy Association and of the European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers. I am a Scientific Advisor for the Natural Products and the Food Science & Nutrition programmes of the International Foundation for Science. I am a recipient of the Life Sciences Prize and the Parke-Davis Natural Products Chemistry Prize from the French Academy of Pharmacy.

I serve on the editorial board of Journal of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Phytochemistry Letters, Scientific Reports, Journal of Alternative Medicine & Complementary Therapies Plants, Records in Agriculture & Food Chemistry, and Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. I am the Associate Editor of Archives of Natural Biological Research. I am the lead Guest Editor for two special issues in Plants, one special issue in JoVE, and two research topics in Frontiers in Pharmacology. I have served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Phytochemical Society of Europe (2014-2019).

I am the Coordinator of a Year 3 module on the Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases (MPharm programme) where I deliver lectures/workshops/labs on microorganisms, antibiotic drug discovery, and antimicrobial drug resistance. I am an external examiner for the MSc in Microbiology and the MRes in Global Infectious Diseases programmes at Birkbeck University of London.

From 2017-2021, I was a member of the University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) committee. I also founded and chaired the SIPBS-WIDE (Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity & Equality) committee, responsible for the submission of an Athena SWAN application in 2020, which resulted in a Silver Award (First Silver Award in the Faculty of Science).

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Area of Expertise

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Drug discovery from natural sources
  • Purification & structure elucidation of bioactive natural products
  • Ethnopharmacological investigation of natural remedies
  • Discovery of new antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory products of natural origin
  • In silico studies of natural products

Prize And Awards

Strathclyde Women + in Leadership Network #CelebrateHER Neogen Science Award
Royal Society Partnership Award
Scottish Funding Council (SFC) - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interface Award
International Medical University (IMU) Research Award
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) Award
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Award

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Antimicrobial and cytotoxic naphthoquinones from microbial origin : an updated review
Kashi Marziyeh Esmaeilzadeh, Ghanbari Mahdiyeh, Badibostan Hasan, Seidel Veronique, Hosseini Seyed Hamzeh, Asili Javad, Shakeri Abolfazl, Sahebkar Amirhossein
Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry Vol 23 (2023)
Editorial : Re-emergence of neglected tropical diseases amid the COVID-19 pandemic: epidemiology, transmission, mitigation strategies, and recent advances in chemotherapy and vaccines
Mohapatra Ranjan K, Kandi Venkataramana, Seidel Veronique, Rabaan Ali A
Frontiers in Pharmacology Vol 14 (2023)
Protective effects of medicinal plant-based foods against diabetes : a review on pharmacology, phytochemistry, and molecular mechanisms
Ansari Prawej, Samia Jannatul F, Khan Joyeeta T, Rafi Musfiqur R, Rahman Md Sifat, Rahman Akib B, Abdel-Wahab Yasser H A, Seidel Veronique
Nutrients Vol 15 (2023)
Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of lipids from Ficus carica L. fruits
Naoui Hadjira, Benalia Mohamed, Hachani Soumaya, Djeridane Amar, Ben Ahmed Ziyad, Seidel Veronique, Yousfi Mohamed
Chemistry Journal of Moldova Vol 18, pp. 92-101 (2023)
Synthesis, characterization, biological applications, and molecular docking studies of amino-phenol-derived mixed-ligand complexes with Fe(III), Cr(III), and La(III) ions
Al-Resayes Saud I, Laria Fatima Y, Miloud Miloud M, El-ajaily Marei M, El-Barasi Najla M, Sarangi Ashish K, Verma Sarika, Azam Mohammad, Seidel Veronique, Mohapatra Ranjan K
Journal of Saudi Chemical Society Vol 27 (2023)
Phenolic compounds as Nrf2 inhibitors : potential applications in cancer therapy
Sharifi-Rad Javad, Seidel Veronique, Izabela Michalak, Monserrat-Mequida Margalida, Sureda Antoni, Ormazabal Valeska, Zuniga Felipe A, Mangalpady Shivaprasad Shetty, Pezzani Raffaele, Ydyrys Alibek, Tussupbekova Gulmira, Martorell Miquel, Calina Daniela, Cho William C
Cell Communication and Signalling Vol 21 (2023)

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Dr Seidel teaches on the MPharm programme.

  • Teaching coordination

Class coordinator for the Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases class (MP321)

  • Undergraduate teaching

Research Projects (MP507)

Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases class (MP321)

Being a Pharmacist 2 (MP320)

Herbal Medicines, Past, Present and Future (57102)

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Research Interests

  • Purification and structure elucidation of bioactive natural products
  • Ethnopharmacological investigation of natural remedies
  • Screening of natural products for antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory activity
  • In silico studies of natural products

Professional Activities

Invited author of a review article on ‘Pesticides in European honeys’ in the French magazine Abeilles et Fleurs (Bees and Flowers)
Frontiers in Pharmacology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Author of slides on ‘Plants and their uses’, ‘Thin Layer Chromatography’ and ‘Literature search & Poster design’ produced as part of the Royal Society-funded partnership project ‘What’s cool about mint?’
Heliyon (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Qeios (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Host for an external visitor from the Nigeria Police Academy, Nigeria

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Purification and identification of bioactive natural products from plants
Seidel, Veronique (Principal Investigator)
£6,000 (Tertiary Education Trust (TET) Fund, Federal Government of Nigeria)
30-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
What’s cool about mint?
Seidel, Veronique (Principal Investigator) Kielty, Therese (Principal Investigator)
£2965 (Royal Society Partnership Award )
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2023
Anti-UV and anti-acne properties of extracts and constituents from medicinal plants (Student - Natalia Blicharska)
Seidel, Veronique (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Evaluating the antimicrobial and antibiofilm potential of heather honey produced by the Scottish Bee company
Seidel, Veronique (Co-investigator) Efthimiou, Georgios (Principal Investigator)
£4,935 (Scottish Funding Council (SFC)-European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interface Award)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Phytochemical, biological, and molecular docking studies on Fraxinus excelsior, Stachys arabica, Pelargonium sidoides, and Pelargonium reniforme
Seidel, Veronique (Principal Investigator)
International tuition fees, stipend, and £26,000 bench fees sponsored by the Jordanian University of Science & Technology
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Terpenoid inhibition of DsbA: a periplasmic protein from the dysentery-causing bacterium, Shigella sonnei
Seidel, Veronique (Principal Investigator)
International tuition fees, stipend, and £27,000 bench fees sponsored by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019

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Dr Veronique Seidel
Senior Lecturer
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Email: veronique.seidel@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 2751