Professor Satya Sarker

Director, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Name Professor Satya Sarker BPharm (Hons) MPharm PhD FHEA
Email ( s.sarker
Telephone +44 (0)151 231 2096
Address Room 905
James Parsons Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF


Professor Sarker joined LJMU as the Director of School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences in October 2013. Prior to this appointment, he had worked as a Professor of Pharmacy, Deputy Head of Department of Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Research Group Leader at the University of Wolverhampton during 2008-2013.

He obtained his BPharm (Hons) and MPharm degrees from the University of Dhaka, and secured first class first position in order of merit in both programmes. Professor Sarker was awarded a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Strathclyde.

He also had held a number of other academic/research positions, e.g., Lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Dhaka, BBSRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Senior Natural Products Scientist and Head of Spectroscopy Group at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER), Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Robert Gordon University, and Reader in Pharmacy at the University of Ulster, where he was the Chair of the MPharm Course Planning Team, and the Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and the PgD/MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences programmes. Professor Sarker has been a Visiting Professor at Stamford University, Tripoli University and North-South University, and an international advisor to the State University of Bangladesh.

Research Interests:

Drug discovery from natural products; Drug design: novel indane derivatives as analgesic compounds; Drug design: dimeric steroids; Synthesis of bioactive natural products; Metabolomics of medicinal plants; Production of compound libraries of dereplicated natural products for high throughput screening (HTS); Toxicological evaluation and quality control of herbal medicine; Development of bioassays for screening plant extracts and isolated compounds; Application of 1D and 2D NMR techniques in drug discovery and design; Chemotaxonomy; PharmInformatics.

Research Groups

Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Research


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences including Medicinal, Pharmaceutical and Natural Products Chemistry.


Azerbaijan Academy of Science, Azerbaijan
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi, Turkey
University of Lagos, Nigeria
Department of Chemistry, University of Botswana, Botswana
East West University, Bangladesh
Faculty of Pharmacy, Tripoli University, Tripoli, Libya
Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER), UK
Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University, UK
North-South University, Bangladesh
School of Biological sciences, University of Nairobi Herbarium, University of Nairobi, Kenya
School of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde, UK
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, The Robert Gordon University, UK
Stamford University, Bangladesh
Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
UCL School of Pharmacy, UK
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
University of Faisalabad, Pakistan
University of Khulna, Bangladesh
University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
University of Swansea, UK
University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK


Further Information:

Professor Sarker has been the owner and moderator of the well-established on-line discussion groups in natural products research, NatProDis (, and in Pharmacy education, PharmEd (

He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Phytochemical Analysis, and an Associate Editor of TANG Journal since 2010 and 2011, respectively. He is on the editorial board of 18 international journals, and a regular reviewer for more than 60 international journals. He served as the elected Honorary Treasurer of the Phytochemical Society of Europe during 2008-2013, and was directly involved in promoting phytochemical research globally.

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