Physalis research

Physalis longifolia growing near Cimarron, Kansas. (Photo: Quinn Long, Kansas Biological Survey)

Chemists in the laboratory of Barbara Timmermann, who heads the medicinal chemistry side of our program, have discovered 14 compounds new to science in Physalis longifolia, or wild tomatillo, a plant native to Kansas. Four of the compounds have shown potent cytotoxity against specific types of cancer. These findings have led to two published papers, with more forthcoming. We will continue to pursue this research. Please click on the links below for more information.