Lehman College congratulates Professor Edward Kennelly of the Department of Biological Sciences for his 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholarship to research modern Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Hong Kong. He is one of 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals selected for the prestigious honor.
Dr. Kennelly will work with colleagues at the Institute for Chinese Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as he performs fieldwork, in vitro activity testing, and chemical analysis in an effort to better understand how selected modern TCM formulas may exert their effects.
As traditional Chinese medicines continue to grow in importance outside of China, so does the need for a thorough understanding of how it is used and how it works. “TCM as practiced in Hong Kong offers a unique opportunity to study both a well-regulated system of complementary medicine, and one that is undergoing rapid modernization,” explains Prof. Kennelly.
Dr. Kennelly’s research focuses on the biological activity of certain compounds found in plants, also known as phytochemicals. He is specifically interested in phytochemicals with biological activity that may help to prevent or treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.
In addition, Dr. Kennelly serves as the Executive Officer of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Program in Biochemistry. He teaches and mentors students in the CUNY Ph.D. Subprogram in Plant Sciences and Biochemistry at the Graduate Center. His lab maintains close collaborations with Columbia University, The New York Botanical Garden, Minzu University (Beijing).