Madan Kharel

Madan Kharel
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Ph.D. – Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010) University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Ph.D. – Biochemistry (2004) Sun Moon University, Republic of Korea
  • M.S.- Chemistry (1998) Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • B.S.-Biology (1996) Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Dr. Madan Kharel, Assistant Professor, graduated with a Bachelor of Biology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, in 1996. In 1998, he obtained a Master of Science, Chemistry, from the Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University. Dr. Kharel received his Ph.D. from Sun Moon University, the Republic of Korea in 2004. After two years of post-doctoral research training, he joined the graduate program at the University of Kentucky, and obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010. As a research associate, and then a research assistant professor, Dr. Kharel continued his research in the area of antibiotics and anticancer drug discovery at the University of Kentucky. He has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. His published work can be accessed through PubMed. Dr. Kharel joined the UMES faculty in 2013. 

Areas of Interest and/or Experience

  • Combinatorial biosynthesis and biosynthetic pathway engineering
  • Enzyme evolution and novel enzymatic catalysis
  • Natural product drugs discovery (main focus anti-infective and anti-cancer agents)
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