Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension
125A Lake Oswego Road
Chatsworth, New Jersey 08019
Office: Room 381 Foran Hall, 848-932-6316
Lab: Room 381 Foran Hall, 732-932-9375 ext. 353
Office: Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center, (609) 726-1590 ext. 11
Fax: (609) 726-1593
Lab: Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center, 609-726-1590
Research interests involve the genetic enhancement of fruit crops through breeding and natural products. Genetic enhancement is largely focused on breeding and selection cycles, and the utilization of wild germplasm. Specific areas of interest include: disease and insect resistance, fruit quality, heat stress tolerance, phytochemical constituents, QTL mapping and genome sequencing. Research interests in phytochemistry include isolation, identification, and quantification of polyphenolics, and their bioactivities. Natural product’s work includes development of isolation methods of natural products, synthesis of bioactive molecules, and analytical method development related to medicinal chemistry. Principal focus is on cranberry bioactive high molecular weight proanthocynidins, flavonols and other bioactives. Analytical methods include LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, HPLC, MALDI-TOF, and NMR techniques for the isolation and characterization of the parent molecules and their metabolites in-vivo and in-vitro models. Collaborative projects with Rochester Medical School, Brown University, and Winona State University involve the study of bioactive molecules in relation toType 2 Diabetes, ovarian cancer, oral mucosal infections, and dental carries.
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Dr. Nick Vorsa is the director of the Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center.