College French, Scientists Latin
About 17 years ago, Patricia Nadosy planted a few herbs in her
windowbox. She was thinking along the lines of some more
|Recent CUNY Ph.D. Patricia Nadosy with
Lehman College professor of
biological sciences Dominick Basile, examining a fig plant
and some rosemary.
flavorsome meals for her growing familyand of a nice,
relaxing focus to get her mind off her day job. She was an
options trader on Wall Street. Little did she realize then
how green her thumb was going to getor how large Rosmarinus
officinalis would loom in her life.
For Nadosy, a Barnard College alumna and a member of its board
of trustees, became on May 30 one of the most recent students
to earn a CUNY doctorate in biological sciences, with a specialization
in plants. In order to enter the program, she had to return
to Barnard to recreate an undergraduate major in biology (her
first major was French). Then she had to balance part-time
graduate study with a full-time career. Returning to
college at age 40 was exciting for me and my three daughterswe
spent many nights helping each other with homework!
Nadosy is looking forward to a new career in natural products
research, most likely for a pharmaceutical company. In fact,
her work has already broken new ground.
In her dissertation, Anti-oxidant Diterpenoids from
Callus and Regenerated Plants, Nadosy was able to report
the first successful extraction of anti-oxidant compounds
from undifferentiated rosemary (aka Rosmarinus officinalis)
cells that had been grown in tissue culture.
Anti-oxidants have been shown to prevent cancer in animals,
and rosemarys well- documented anti-inflammatory qualities
may also play a role in treating Alzheimers disease
and coronary disease. Over the past few years, evidence has
been building on the potential health benefits of herbsand
rosemary in particular.
Oh, and her French major has come in very handy. Much of the
scientific literature on rosemary is in that language, since
the Nestlé com-pany, based in Switzerland has sponsored
much research on the plant.