Dr. Lourdes B. Cardenas is MNH's curator for medicinal plants. Her fields of specialisation includes biotechnology of plant Natural products, pharmaceutical biology/ medicinal plants. She holds the rank of Professor 2 at the Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB.

Lu received her Dr. rer. nat. cum laude (Plant Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biology), from Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany in 1993. She received her MS Botany (1981) and BS Agriculture cum laude (1978) from UPLB.

She is the Convenor UPLB Inter-disciplinary Studies Center on Natural Products RDE, and a member of the Execom of Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A under PCHRD. She became President of the Natural Products Society of the Philippines from 2010-2013 and served the Museum of Natural History as its Director from 2001–2006.

Selected Publications

Sariatgorji, M., Z. Spacil, G. Maddalo, L.B. Cardenas and L.L. Ilag. 2009. Matrix-free thin-layer chromatography/laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry for facile separation and identification of medicinal alkaloids. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom.23 (23): 3655-3660.

Cardenas L.B. 2007. Variations in Tissue Development and Secondary Product Elaboration of Hedychium coronarium K. in Floral Cultures Grown on Different Media. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 59 (1&2): 41-46.

Cardenas L.B. 2003. “Senecio scandens Buch.-Ham. Ex D. Don”. In: :PROSEA 12(3). Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3: 372-373.

Cardenas L.B., M.A.O. Cajano, B.F. Hernaez and N.O. Aguilar. 2001. Some Interesting Plants on the Southern Slope of Mount Isarog, Camarines Sur, Philippines. Los Banos: UPLB. 51p.

Aguilar N.O., L.B. Cardenas and M.A.O. Cajano. 2000. Spore- and Seed-bearing Plants of Mount Pulag, Benguet, Philippines. ISBN 971-547-169-2. Los Banos: Museum of Natural History, UPLB. 49p.

Cardenas L.B., M.A.O. Cajano and N.O. Aguilar. 2000. Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Mount Pulag, Benguet, Philippines. ISBN 971-547-168-4. Los Banos: Museum of Natural History, UPLB. 25p.

Cardenas L.B. 1999. “Premna L. In:” PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) 12 (1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 1: 413-417.

Cardenas L.B. and C.C. de Guzman. 1999. “Pimpinella anisum L.” In: PROSEA 13. Spices: 180 –183.

Cardenas, L.B. and A.W. Alfermann. 1999. Hairy Root Culture Potentials and Pitfalls. APAM (Asia-Pacific Association for Micropropagators) Newsletter 1(3): 43-48.

Cardenas, L.B. 1995. Biotechnology and Plant Secondary Product Research. In: Hernandez et al. (eds). Proc. of Seminar-Workshops on Bioactive Substances from Natural Sources. NRCP. pp. 15-18.

Cardenas, L.B. and A.W. Alfermann. 1989. Somatic embryogenesis is some Apiaceae species. Planta Medica 38: 113 (37th Annual Congress on Medicinal Plant Research)

Cardenas, L.B., B.C. Tan and N.K. Torreta. 1986. Some overlooked Taxonomic Characters of the Root in Azolla. Philip. Agriculturist. 69: 43-52.

Cardenas, L.B. 1983. Alkaloid Production in Intact Parts and Floral Tissue Culture of Catharanthus roseus (L.) Don, Kalikasan, Philip. J. Biol. 12 (3): 375-384.

Cardenas, L.B. and M.R. Martinez. 1977. Osmorphor localization in some Philippine Flowers. Phil. Biota 2(1): 17-22.