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Dr Jose Prieto Garcia
29-39 Brunswick Square
Tel: (+44) (0) 20 7753 5841
  • Lecturer B
  • Pharma & Bio Chemistry
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Dr Jose M Prieto-Garcia is Lecturer B in the Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the UCL School of Pharmacy. His teaching duties include under and postgraduate lectures on analytical chemistry (‘Chromatography’), ‘Management of Herbal Products and Food supplements in Community Pharmacy’, ‘Medicinal Cannabis’ and ‘Drug Discovery at the Nutrition-Pharmacology interface’ and the leadership of the MSC in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry.

Dr. Prieto-Garcia's research started at elucidating the effect of anti-inflammatory medicinal plants and natural products on enzymes of the arachidonate pathway using targeted lipidomics. This state-of-the-art research was developed during his PhD (2001, Universitat de Valencia, Spain) alternating with visits to world-class centres such as the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany) and the William Harvey Institute (Queen Mary University, London, UK). After his PhD, he was immediately appointed as Young Researcher of the EU funded project 'Insect Chemical Ecology' (INCHECO) to explore the biochemical interactions between plants and insects (2001-2004, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Universita degli Studi di Pisa, Italy) gaining a wide experience in phytochemical analysis. He afterwards joined the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy in April 2005 as a Postdoctoral Researcher on a European Union funded consortium developing standardised extracts of Cannabis for use in the treatment of migraine and rheumatoid arthritis. In 2006 he became Lecturer in Pharmacognosy of the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. In 2012 he became the director of the MSC in Pharmacognosy (later renamed as MSC in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry).

Research Summary

Current Research Lines:

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anticancer natural products with dual COX/LOX inhibition and targeted lipidomics.
  • Herb-Drug interactions.
  • Computational chemistry for the prediction of the bioactivity of complex mixtures of natural products and food supplements.
  • Direct NMR for the metabolomics of tinctures.

Past Research Lines:

Preclinical development of antiallergic food supplements, development of new NMR-based metabolomic strategies, Applying artificial intelligence to drug discovery.  Modulation of eicosanoid release by Traditional Chinese Medicines, 5-LOX inhibitors in skin inflammation, antioxidant and antinitrosative properties of natural products, and the ecological role of plant steroids. CB2 receptors and Rheumatoid Arthritis (with RVC).


  • Method development in QC of herbal products.
  • Evaluation of the pharmacological, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical aspects of innovative herbal active principles.

Teaching Summary

My teaching duties include

Undergraduate Teaching includes:

  • Separation and Chromatography (MPharm Year 1).
  • Herbal Medicines in Community Pharmacy (MPharm Year 2).
  • Medicinal Natural Products (MPharm Option, Year 3).

Postgraduate Teaching (Master level):

  • Course Director of MSC in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry.
  • Module leader of Therapeutic Uses of Plants and Analytical Techniques in Pharmacognosy (MSC in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry).
Academic Background
1998 Cert. Certificate – Cancer Studies Universidad de Valencia
1996 Cert. Certificate – Genetics and Medicine Universidad de Valencia
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2011 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Education - Postgraduate Institute of Education
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Pharmacology Universidad de Valencia
1995 MAS Masters – Pharmacy Universidad de Valencia
1993 LDA Licenciado/Licenciada – Pharmacy Universidad de Valencia
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