Following completion of baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Pharmacy, Dr. Borris earned his PhD in Pharmacognosy with G.A. Cordell at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He then pursued postdoctoral studies with Manfred Hesse at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, before joining the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by Merck Research Laboratories where he worked in the area of new drug discovery for over 20 years in the Natural Products Chemistry department. During this time he established and ran Merck’s Phytochemistry program. After retiring from Merck and a brief stint as Vice President for Botanical Science and Regulation at the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, DC, Dr. Borris joined the faculty of the new College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo as Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research in 2007. He then moved to his current position as Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Tianjin University, China in 2014. His research group continues to explore the realm of new, biologically active natural products from plants and microbial sources, validation of traditional medical practices and various aspects of chemical biology and chemical ecology. He is also actively pursuing the development of new strategies and methods for the isolation and characterization of natural products. Dr. Borris is a past-president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (1997-8), and has been active in the field of natural product research for almost 40 years.
Validation of traditional medical practices; Discovery of novel biologically active natural products; Natural products used as dietary supplements; Phytochemical systematic; Application of NMR spectrometry to the structure determination of natural products; Applications of high performance centrifugal partition chromatography to the isolation of biologically active natural products and other organic compounds.