Dr Solomon Habtemariam

Dr Solomon Habtemariam BSc, PGDip, MSc, PhD, MS, FRSM

Principal Lecturer, Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Dr Solomon Habtemariam
BSc, PGDip, MSc, PhD, MS, FRSM

Principal Lecturer, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Solomon Habtemariam is a leading expert on drug discovery researches from natural sources. By using ethno-botanical information and bioassay-guided isolation studies, Dr Habtemariam's research has identified several classes of bioactive compounds. His in-house bioassay screens and expertise areas include:

  • Targeting inflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules by natural products
  • Search for anti-microbial agents: antileishmanial, antibacterial and antifungal agents
  • Identification of potential anti-cancer and immunomodulatory compounds
  • Search for anticachexic agents from natural sources
  • Modulation of reactive oxygen species in health and disease.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: principally Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
  • Identification of antidiabetic agents from plant sources
  • Search of potential natural products that promote weight loss.

Hand-in-hand with the above-mentioned pharmacological assays, Dr Habtemariam uses chromatographic and spectroscopic analysis methods for standardising herbal products, i.e. he provides the scientific bases of traditional medicines through both chemical and pharmacological assays.

Recent publications


Shirooie, Samira , Nabavi, Seyed Fazel, Dehpour, Ahmad R., Belwal, Tarun , Habtemariam, Solomon , Argüelles, Sandro , Sureda, Antoni , Daglia, Maria , Tomczyk, Michał , Sobarzo-Sanchez, Eduardo (2018), Targeting mTORs by omega-3 fatty acids: A possible novel therapeutic strategy for neurodegeneration?, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Pharmacological Research pp. 37-48 ISSN: 1043-6618 (Print), 1096-1186 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2018.07.004) Published.

Habtemariam, Solomon and , (2018), The brain-derived neurotrophic factor in neuronal plasticity and neuroregeneration: new pharmacological concepts for old and new drugs, Medknow Publications. In: , , , . Medknow Publications, Neural Regeneration Research pp. 983-984 ISSN: 1673-5374 (Print), 1876-7958 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.4103/1673-5374.233438) Published.

Caputo, Leonardo , Quintieri, Laura, Cavalluzzi, Maria Maddalena, Lentini, Giovanni , Habtemariam, Solomon (2018), Antimicrobial and antibiofilm activities of citrus water-extracts obtained by microwave-assisted and conventional methods, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Biomedicines 2227-9059 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines6020070) Published.

Habtemariam, Solomon and , Lentini, Giovanni (2018), Plant-derived anticancer agents: Lessons from the pharmacology of geniposide and its aglycone, genipin, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Biomedicines 2227-9059 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines6020039) Published.

Mbatchou, Valentine Chi , Dickson, Rita Akosua, Amponsah, Isaac Kingsley, Mensah, Abraham Yeboah , Habtemariam, Solomon (2018), Protection effect of the anthraquinones, cassiatorin and aurantio-obtusin from seeds of Senna tora against cowpea weevil attack, Elsevier B.V.. In: , , , . Elsevier B.V., Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine ISSN: 2221-1691 (Print), 2588-9222 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.4103/2221-1691.225620) Published.

Habtemariam, Solomon and , (2018), Molecular pharmacology of rosmarinic and salvianolic acids: Potential seeds for Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia drugs., MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, International Journal of Molecular Sciences pp. 458 ISSN: 1661-6596 (Print), 1422-0067 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19020458) Published.

Habtemariam, Solomon and , (2018), Iridoids and other Mmnoterpenes in the Alzheimer’s Brain: Recent development and future prospects, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Molecules ISSN: 1420-3049 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23010117) Published.

Habtemariam, Solomon and , (2017), Could we really use aloe vera food supplements to treat diabetes? Quality control issues, Hindawi Publishing Corporation. In: , , , . Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine ISSN: 1741-427X (Print), 1741-4288 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4856412) Published.

Belwal, Tarun , Nabavi, Seyed Fazel, Nabavi, Seyed Mohammad, Habtemariam, Solomon (2017), Dietary anthocyanins and insulin resistance: When food becomes a medicine, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Nutrients ISSN: 2072-6643 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9101111) Published.

Degennaro, Leonardo , Zenzola, Marina, Laurino, Annunziatina, Cavalluzzi, Maria Maddalena , Franchini, Carlo , Habtemariam, Solomon , Matucci, Rosanna , Luisi, Renzo , Lentini, Giovanni (2017), 2-Arylazetidines as ligands for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds pp. 329-334 ISSN: 0009-3122 (Print), 1573-8353 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10593-017-2061-5) Published.