Faculty Directory » Meledath Govindan


Office Hours:

Semester: Spring, 2017
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays - 2:00-3:15;
and by appointment. .

Office Information:

Room Number: Antonucci Science Complex 220B
Phone: 978-665-3628
Email: mgovindan@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2000)


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Georgia
M.S. Organic Chemistry, University of Kentucky
M.Sc. General Chemistry, University of Calicut
B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Calicut

Research Interests:

Natural Products Chemistry - Isolation and Structure Determination of Bioactive Natural Products

Current Projects:

Structure Elucidation of natural products from plants;
Implementation of active learning methodologies for chemistry instruction.

Representative Publications:

Govindan, M., G. Govindan, and D.G.I. Kingston, 1995. Mechanism-Based Antitumor Screening of Marine Invertebrates: Isolation and Structure Elucidation of Novel Diterpenoids from the Caribbean Grogonian Eunicea tourneforti. J. Nat. Prod., 58, 1174-1184.

Fu, X., F.J. Schmitz, M. Govindan, S.A. Abbas, K.M. Hanson, P.A. Horton, P. Crews, M. Laney and R.C. Shatzman, 1995. Enzyme Inhibitors: New and Known Polybrominated Phenols and Diphenyl Ethers from Four Indo-Pacific Dysidea Sponges. J. Nat. Prod., 58 1384-1391.

Govindan, M. and G. Govindan, 2000. A Convenient Method for the Determination of Quality of Goldenseal. Fitoterapia, 71, 232-235 (2000).

Co-author: American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium: Goldenseal Root, R. Upton (Editor), 2001.

Govindan, M., 2005. Book review. Eucalyptus: The Genus Eucalyptus, edited by John J.W. Coppen (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK). Taylor and Francis, London, 2002. xiii + 450pp., J. Nat. Prod., 68(1) pp 151-152.

Govindan, T., T.G. Sambandan, M. Govindan, A. Sinskey, J. Vanessendelft, I. Adenan, C.K. Rha, 2007. A Bioactive Polyacetylene Compound Isolated from Centella asiatica. Planta Med., 73:597-599.

Professional Affiliations:

American Chemical Society
American Society of Pharmacognosy
National Association for Advisors of Health Professions
New England Association of Advisors of Health Professions
New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) - President Elect
North South Foundation – Regional Contests Coordinator