Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Rather
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Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Rather

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India

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Area of Interest:

Drug Discovery
Medicinal Chemistry
Chemical Characterization
Natural Product Chemistry

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Zubaid-ul-khazir, G.N. Yatoo, H. Wani, S.A. Shah, M.I. Zargar, M.A. Rather and J.A. Banday, 2021. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis, antibacterial, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of the needle essential oil of Abies Pindrow growing wild in Kashmir, India. Microb. Pathogen., Vol. 158. 10.1016/j.micpath.2021.105013.
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  2. Wani, A.R., K. Yadav, A. Khursheed and M.A. Rather, 2021. An updated and comprehensive review of the antiviral potential of essential oils and their chemical constituents with special focus on their mechanism of action against various influenza and coronaviruses. Microb. Pathogen., Vol. 152. 10.1016/j.micpath.2020.104620.
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  3. Malik, N.A., U. Farooq, M.A. Rather and A.H. Shalla, 2021. Interactions of tricyclic antidepressant drug chlomipramine hydrochloride with imidazolium based surface active ionic liquid in aqueous solution. J. Mol. Liq., Vol. 342. 10.1016/j.molliq.2021.117427.
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  4. Khursheed, A., V. Jain, A. Rasool, M.A. Rather, N.A. Malik and A.H. Shalla, 2021. Molecular scaffolds from mother nature as possible lead compounds in drug design and discovery against coronaviruses: A landscape analysis of published literature and molecular docking studies. Microb. Pathogen., Vol. 157. 10.1016/j.micpath.2021.104933.
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  5. Tariq, S., S. Wani, W. Rasool, K. Shafi and M.A. Bhat et al., 2019. A comprehensive review of the antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral potential of essential oils and their chemical constituents against drug-resistant microbial pathogens. Microb. Pathogen., Vol. 134. 10.1016/j.micpath.2019.103580.
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  6. Bhat, M.A., S. Jameel, M. Jan, M.A. Rather, S.A. Bhat, R.J. Butcher and S.K. Srivastava, 2019. Synthesis, characterization, computational and cytotoxic evaluation of novel [N, N-dialkyl ammonium] [diphenyl/ethyl phosphoryl oxides]. J. Mol. Struct., 1185: 183-190.
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  7. Rashid, A., P.H. Qazi, M.A. Rather, A.F. Raja and S. Mushtaq, 2016. Gas chromatographic analysis and antimicrobial activities of the bark essential oil of Juniperus recurva var squamata from Kashmir Himalayas, India. World J. Pharmaceut. Sci., 4: 381-386.
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  8. Wani, B.A., D. Ramamoorthy, M.A. Rather, N. Arumugam and A.K. Qazi et al., 2013. Induction of apoptosis in human pancreatic MiaPaCa-2 cells through the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) by Gentiana kurroo root extract and LC-ESI-MS analysis of its principal constituents. Phytomedicine, 20: 723-733.
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  9. Rather, M.A., B.A. Bhat and M.A. Qurishi, 2013. Multicomponent phytotherapeutic approach gaining momentum: Is the “one drug to fit all” model breaking down? Phytomedicine, 21: 1-14.
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  10. Rashid, S., M.A. Rather, W.A. Shah and B.A. Bhat, 2013. Chemical composition, antimicrobial, cytotoxic and antioxidant activities of the essential oil of Artemisia indica Willd. Food Chem., 138: 693-700.
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  11. Yousuf Dar, M., W.A. Shah, S. Mubashir and M.A. Rather, 2012. Chromatographic analysis, anti-proliferative and radical scavenging activity of Pinus wallichina essential oil growing in high altitude areas of Kashmir, India. Phytomedicine, 19: 1228-1233.
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  12. Wani, S.H., A. Amin, M.A. Rather, J.A. Parray, Q. Parvaiz and R.A. Qadri, 2012. Antibacterial and phytochemical screening of different extracts of five Iris species growing in Kashmir. J. Pharm. Res., 5: 3376-3378.
  13. Shah, W.A., M.Y. Dar, Kuratull-Ain, M.A. Rather and M.A. Qurishi, 2012. Comparison of terpene composition of Skimmia laureola using hydrodistillation and HS-SPME techniques. J. Essent. Oil Bear. Plants, 15: 116-121.
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  14. Rather, M.A., T. Hassan, B.A. Dar, A.S. Shawl, M.A. Qurishi and B.A. Ganai, 2012. Essential oil composition of Nepeta raphanorhiza Benth growing in Kashmir valley. Rec. Nat. Prod., 6: 67-70.
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  15. Rather, M.A., F. Mir, A.S. Shawl and M.A. Qurishi, 2012. Comparative GC-FID and GC-MS analysis of the leaf, stem and root essential oils of Artemisia dracunculus. L Growing in Kashmir (India). J. Pharm. Res., 5: 1353-1356.
  16. Rather, M.A., B.A. Ganai, A.N. Kamili, M. Qayoom and S. Akbar et al., 2012. Comparative GC-FID and GC-MS analysis of the mono and sesquiterpene secondary metabolites produced by the field grown and micropropagated plants of Artemisia amygdalina decne. Acta Physiologiae Plant., 34: 885-890.
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  17. Rather, M.A., B.A. Dar, M.Y. Dar, B.A. Wani and W.A. Shah et al., 2012. Chemical composition, antioxidant and antibacterial activities of the leaf essential oil of Juglans regia L. and its constituents. Phytomedicine, 19: 1185-1190.
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  18. Yousuf Dar, M., W.A. Shah, M.A. Rather, Y. Qurishi, M.A. Qurishi and A. Hamid, 2011. Chemical composition, in vitro cytotoxic and antioxidant activities of the essential oil and major constituents of Cymbopogon jawarancusa (Kashmir). Food Chem., 129: 1606-1611.
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  19. Wani, B.A., M.A. Rather and B.A. Ganai, 2011. Head space solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometric (GC-MS) analysis of the volatile aroma components of Gentiana kurroo royle. J. Pharm. Res., 4: 2943-2945.
  20. Rather, M.A., S.U. Rehman, S.N. Sofi, A.S. Shawl, F. Mir and M.A. Qurishi, 2011. Chemical composition of the essential oil of Rhododendron lepidotum Wall. Ex D. Don growing in Kashmir Himalayas. J. Essent. Oil Res., 23: 25-28.
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  21. Rather, M.A., S.N. Sofi, B.A. Dar, B.A. Ganai, A. Masood, M.A. Qurishi and A.S. Shawl, 2011. Comparative GC-FID and GC-MS analysis of the leaf and stem essential oil constituents of Artemisia amygdalina decne from Kashmir. J. Pharm. Res., 4: 1637-1639.
  22. Rather, M.A., B.A. Ganai, B.A. Dar, S.N. Sofi and A.H. Malik, 2011. GC-FID and GC-MS analysis of the essential oil of Elsholtzia densa benth-a rich source of acylfuran non-terpene ketones. Int. J. Res. Phytochem. Pharmacol., 1: 74-76.
  23. Rather, M.A., B.A. Dar, S.N. Sofi, T. Hassan and N. Ali et al., 2011. Headspace solid phase microextraction (HS SPME) gas chromatography mass spectrometric analysis of the volatile constituents of Cannabis sativa L. from Kashmir. J. Pharm. Res., 4: 2651-2651.
  24. Rather, M.A., B.A. Dar, A.S. Shawl, K.A. Bhat, M.A. Qurishi, M. Yusuf Dar and B.A. Ganai, 2011. Mono-sesquiterpenoid composition in the leaves and flowers of Salvia moorcraftiana Wall ex Benth. Growing wild in Kashmir, India. J. Essent. Oil Res., 23: 21-25.
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  25. Rather, M.A. and T. Hassan, 2011. Analysis of the diterpene rich essential oil of Nepeta clarkei Hooke. from Kashmir Himalayas by capillary GC-MS. Int. J. Chem. Tech. Res., 3: 959-962.
  26. Rather, M.A. and M.A. Qurishi, 2011. Gas-Chromatography-Mass Spectrometric Studies of Essential Oils: An Analytical Approach. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8465-5477-7, Pages: 60.
  27. Kounsar, F., M.A. Rather, B.A. Ganai and M.A. Zargar, 2011. Immuno-enhancing effects of the herbal extract from Himalayan rhubarb Rheum emodi Wall. ex Meissn. Food Chem., 126: 967-971.
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  28. Hassan, T., M.A. Rather, S.N. Sofi, B.A. Dar and G.H. Dar, 2011. GC-FID and GC-MS analysis of the sesquiterpene rich essential oil of Nepeta govaniana (Wall. ex Benth.) Benth. from Jammu and Kashmir. Int. J. Chem. Tech. Res., 3: 1194-1199.
  29. Hassan, T., M.A. Rather, A.S. Shawl, K.A. Bhat, H.M. Bhat, B.A. Dar, G.H. Dar and M.A. Qurishi, 2011. Chemical composition of the essential oils of Nepeta laevigata and Nepeta elliptica from India. Chem. Nat. Comp., 47: 456-458.
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  30. Khan, R., M.A. Rather, A.S. Shawl, M.A. Qurishi and M.S. Alam, 2010. Seasonal impact on yield and chemical profile of essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis L. cultivated in Kashmir valley, India. Indian Perfumer, 54: 46-50.