Dr Song Gao
Consulting Editor: Song Gao (PhD)
Research Assistant Professor, The University of Houston, Houston TX, USA
My primary research interests focus on drug absorption, metabolism, and drug-drug interaction. In order to understand the ADME of drugs, I am using a variety of biological models including Caco-2 cell, intestinal perfusion, microsomes and S9 fractions that are enriched in metabolic enzymes and whole animals such as mice and rats to determine the ADME performances of active components in the natural products. I am also interested in the analysis of herbal medicines. I have been engaged in many different areas of herbal research ranging from screening to isolation, structure elucidation, partial and total synthesis of bioactive molecules and characterizing the criteria of herbal and herbal mixtures. I was able to gain experience in phytochemical analysis during my PhD study and the postdoctoral trainings, which helped me to initiate the research programs on a wide variety of topics in herbal medicine research. I am committed to the continuation of my interests in active natural product identification and also to identify/quantify the metabolites of natural products from biological samples (e.g., plasma, urine, feces).