Pasteur Institute of Iran
Azar Tahghighi is an Assistant Professor at Pasteur Institute of Iran (PII). She received her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and is experienced in synthesis of leishmanicidal compounds and evaluation of their biological activity against promastigote and amastigote forms of L. major. She is also experienced in QSAR studies and molecular docking of synthetic compounds with leishmanicidal effect. With emerging resistance to the first-line anti-malarial drugs, there is an urgent need for the development of new anti-malarial drugs to curb the disease. Currently, she is working in the Drug Discovery Lab of MVRG and her areas of interest are: design and synthesis of novel compounds with antimalarial activity, antimalarial drug design with molecular docking, synthesis of insecticides, isolation and identification of natural compounds and medicinal plants with antimalarial activity, and identification of plants with insecticide, larvicidal and repellent activity.