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Catherine C. Neto, Professor

B.S. Chemistry, 1983, Southeastern Massachusetts University
Ph.D. Chemistry, 1988, Brown University
Postdoctoral Research (Biochemistry, drug development) 1988-1991, Brown University

Focus areas: Chemistry of biologically active natural products, mechanisms of anticancer, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of flavonoids and triterpenoids from cranberry and other fruits; functional food factors and nutrition; isolation and structure elucidation of natural products; development of secondary metabolites in Vaccinium species.

The Neto research group is currently involved in active collaborations with biologists at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada; plant physiologists and pathologists at the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Experiment Station and Cornell University; scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Microbiotix, Inc. and Bruker-Biospin; and other UMass-Dartmouth faculty including Dr. Maolin Guo (Biochemistry), Dr. Tracie Ferreira (Bioengineering) and Dr. Frank Scarano (Medical Laboratory Science).

In 2011, Dr. Neto and Dr. Guo received a grant from the UMass President's Office to establish the UMass Cranberry Health Research Center, a research collaborative dedicated to advancing the science behind the health benefits of cranberries. Dr. Neto serves as one of the CHRC Directors. Visit our website at:

Member of the ACS, Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP)
Neto 2010 Group 

Dr. Neto's students presented their work at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in 2010

Neto Sigma Xi group pic

The Neto research group at Sigma Xi Research Exhibit 2011  

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Contact Information:

Catherine C. Neto, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Location: II-301A Office, II-301 Research lab
Phone: ( Office ) 508-910-6928
( Lab ) 508-910-6654