Herbal Research Lab
The Herbal Research Lab was set in the premises of Ramnarain Ruia College Matunga, Mumbai and was formally commissioned in 1983 as The S. P. Mandali's Industrial Coordination Centre, now popular as Herbal Research Lab (HRL). The laboratory was inaugurated on 23rd November 1983, by Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde, the then minister of Finance, Maharashtra State, India. As the industry interaction increased, it necessitated a separate facility to house more sophisticated instruments and to create a professional infrastructure so that industry and academia could interact better.
Herbal Research Lab (HRL) is headed by Dr. Sunita Shailajan. Industry based projects are coordinated from HRL. The highly specialized infrastructure of the HRL is adequately strengthened to carry out research on herbal and ASU formulations using High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) with densitometric scanner, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Flash Chromatography, Fourier Transformed - Infra Red (FT-IR) and UV- Visible Spectroscopy.
Our observations in the standardization of herbal medicine have been that species specific research is of the greatest importance. We also arrived at the conclusion that dosage determination and dose frequency are disease specific. We now plan to convert some of the herbal preparations into their appropriate pharmaceutical dosage forms and subject these formulations to shelf life studies. We conduct bioavailability studies of phytochemical markers on animals.
One of the salient features of the HRL is its strength in Industrial and Government funded projects using students registered for Ph.D. in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Bioanalytical Sciences. These research students carry out the Industrial projects as a part of their regular duties at HRL. The laboratory income is mainly from these projects and the students are paid stipend for their involvement in such projects and also get both financial and instrumental support to complete their research work. Several research publications that have emanated from the lab adequately reflect the interdisciplinary and holistic approach that the lab employs in the implementation of all its projects.
Area of research:
ü Collection and authentication of raw materials for Herbal/ASU formulations
ü Standardization of raw materials and final products
ü Quantitation of bioactive markers with validation as per ICH guidelines using HPTLC and HPLC technique
ü Instrumentation (HPTLC and HPLC)
ü Toxicity and efficacy studies
ü Pharmacokinetic studies