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William R. Folk

William Folk

Department of Biochemisty

E-mail: folkw at missouri dot edu
Office address: 117 Schweitzer Hall
Office phone: 573-882-2921
Lab address: 202D Schlundt Annex

Folk's research interests focus upon using molecular biology and biotechnology to improve human health and reduce disease. He leads an NIH funded international research center to study the scientific basis of traditional phytotherapies used for HIV/AIDS and secondary infections in South Africa. The major interests of his laboratory at MU is the use of biotechnology to improve plant protein nutritive quality for resource poor areas of the world, and studies of the molecular biology of cancer and infections by polyomaviruses.

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  • Vice President, Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of Missouri) (2000-2001)
  • International Union Against Cancer, Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial Fellowship (2001)
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of Missouri) (2001-2002)

Fu X, Li XC, Wang YH, Avula B, Smillie TJ, Mabusela W, Syce J, Johnson Q, Folk W and Khan IA. Flavonol glycosides from the South African medicinal plant Sutherlandia frutescens. Planta Med 2010;76(2):178-181.

Avula B, Wang YH, Smillie TJ, Fu X, Li XC, Mabusela W, Syce J, Johnson Q, Folk W and Khan IA. Quantitative determination of flavonoids and cycloartanol glycosides from aerial parts of Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) R. BR. by using LC-UV/ELSD methods and confirmation by using LC-MS method. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 2010;52(2):173-180.

Ntutela S, Smith P, Matika L, Mukinda J, Arendse H, Allie N, Estes DM, Mabusela W, Folb P, Steyn L, Johnson Q, Folk WR, Syce J and Jacobs M. Efficacy of Artemisia afra phytotherapy in experimental tuberculosis. Tuberculosis 2009;89(SUPPL.1):

Lu L, Wu X, Yin X, Morrand J, Chen X, Folk WR and Zhang ZJ. Development of marker-free transgenic sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] using standard binary vectors with bar as a selectable marker. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 2009;99(1):97-108.

Reid SE, Mulenga LB, Folk WR, Tambatamba BC and Chi BH. Abandonment of antiretroviral therapy: A potential barrier to scale-up in sub-Saharan Africa. South African Medical Journal 2008;98(6):448-450.

Fu X, Li XC, Smillie TJ, Carvalho P, Mabusela W, Syce J, Johnson Q, Folk W, Avery MA and Khan IA. Cycloartane glycosides from Sutherlandia frutescens. Journal of Natural Products 2008;71(10):1749-1753.

Johnson Q, Syce J, Nell H, Rudeen K and Folk WR. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Lessertia frutescens in healthy adults. PLoS Clinical Trials 2007;2(4):

Wu XR, Chen Z, Shende A, Dooner HK and Folk WR. Visualizing bz1 missense suppression in Zea mays: An assay for monocot tRNA expression and utilization. Plant Molecular Biology 2006;61(4-5):795-798.

Thamburan S, Klaasen J, Mabusela WT, Cannon JF, Folk W and Johnson Q. Tulbaghia alliacea phytotherapy: A potential anti-infective remedy for candidiasis. Phytotherapy Research 2006;20(10):844-850.


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