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, commonly known as a groundcherry or wild tomatillo, a plant native to Kansas. Four of the compounds have shown potent cytotoxity against specific types of cancer. Please click on the links below for more information.