Prof. Catherine C. Neto - Research Interests

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 the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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 a CHRC Director.