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The LilaLab promotes a transdisciplinary approach to characterization of plant-derived bioactive chemicals (phytoactives) that interface with human therapeutic targets to modulate human health. Key global research partnerships include ongoing projects with Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). Lead projects currently underway involve mitigation of food allergy symptoms, using phytoactive molecules to modulate the immune system response. In addition, the LilaLab team examines the metabolic fate of phytoactive compounds in human fluids and interprets the biosignatures coincident with intake of administered functional food groups. Funding support from USDA, NIH NCCIH, NASA, and industry-sponsored projects. Our lab uses a concerted approach, utilizing advanced techniques and analytical instruments to investigate compounds in a complex natural mixture, achieve clean separations, isolate lead compounds, and formulate potent and efficaceous delivery vehicles.

As part of the Plants for Human Health Institute and North Carolina Research Campus, the LilaLab interfaces with scientists from all disciplines, dedicated to improving human health and welfare against communicable and chronic disease.