Current Research

A Novel Potential Treatment Option Targeting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Brain Tumor Cells and U-87 MG Cell Line Using Leaf Extract of Bacopa monnieri

» Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common, most aggressive, and deadliest form of brain cancer. It has a high mortality rate with few available effective treatment options, and patients have a median survival time ranging only from 7-15 months.

» In this experiment, Tejas produced and applied an extract from Bacopa monnieri, a herbaceous plant he has been performing research on for the past 4 years, onto GBM cells in-vitro. At the end of the study, the results showed that Bacopa actually inhibited the proliferation of these GBM brain tumor cells.

» These results have never before been reported or published. With further research, Bacopa monnieri has the potential to be developed into a novel treatment option for human GBM.

» Experimentation was conducted at Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA) and Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI).

» This research project has been presented and discussed at various locations around the world, including universities, non-profit foundations, pharmaceutical companies, international medical and scientific conferences, and other speaking venues.

» This specific body of work has also been recognized by numerous international scientific competitions and organizations.

» (See Presentations page for more details.)


Previous Research

Palynological Evaluation and Pollination Biology of Scutellaria ocmulgee, A Threatened Medicinal Plant from Middle Georgia

» Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)

Identifying the Pathway of Differentiation of Fibroblasts into Adipocytes and Detecting Modulation of Specific Signaling Components of Scutellaria via Western Blotting of Various Proteins

» Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)

» Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI)

Callus Induction and Somatic Embryogenesis Studies on Bacopa monnieri using Time-Kinetic and Light-Dark Sensitivity Tests

» Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)

Plant Germplasm Conservation and Synthetic Seed Production of Scutellaria ocmulgee

» Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)