School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
JB Firth Building, JBF111
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Subject Areas: Forensic Science, Chemistry
Dr Tabudravu is a lecturer in Analytical Chemistry and is the module tutor for the year 3 Advances in Forensic Chemistry module and also contributes teaching to other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and the School of Physical Sciences and Computing.
Dr Tabudravu completed his Diploma in Education, and first two science degrees in chemistry at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji where he was awarded gold medals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for academic distinctions. He did his PhD in Marine Natural Product Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen with Professor Marcel Jaspars and gaining post-doctoral experience with Professor Chris M. Ireland at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He then worked as a Senior Scientist at Aquapharm Biodiscovery Ltd. based at the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology in Oban, Scotland, then with TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in Aberdeen, Scotland. He then joined a European lead international consortium on a multimillion Euro project under framework VII called PharmaSea to find new drug leads from the sea. He then joined the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands as lecturer in Organic chemistry before joining the University of Central Lancashire in October 2017 as lecturer in Analytical Chemistry.
Dr Tabudravu’s research interest is in the area of drug discovery from marine bacteria, fungi, and plants to combat multi-drug resistant microbes and/or cancers, and other applications. Elucidation of complex natural product chemical structures is an important part of this research using techniques such as advanced 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE), advanced mass spectrometry, and creation and application of new integrated compound databases. He lectures in areas of organic and natural product chemistry, spectroscopy including 1D and 2D NMR, and mass spectrometry.
Dereplication and structure elucidation of complex natural products by mass spectrometry, NMR, computer assisted structure elucidation (CASE), and integrated compound databases.