Dr. William Setzer

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry


301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room 315
Huntsville, AL 35899
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  • Postdoctoral: University of Utah
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1981
  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College


  • Secondary Metabolites of Higher Plants
  • Biomedical Aspects of Biologically Active Phytochemicals & Chemical Ecology

Recent Publications

  • “Secondary metabolic profile as a tool for distinction and characterization of cultivars of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) cultivated in Pará State, Brazil.” Miranda, L.; Andrade, E.H.A.; Ramos, A.R.; Lemos, O.F.; Setzer, W.N.; Maia, J.G.; da Silva, J.K.R.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021, 22(2) 890, special issue “Application of Metabolomic and Proteomic Tools in Foodomics” (18 pages).

  • “Variation in the chemical composition of five varieties of Curcuma longa rhizome essential oils cultivated in north Alabama.”  Setzer, W.N.; Duong, L.; Poudel, A.; Mentreddy, S.R. Foods, 2021, 10(2), 212, special issue “Natural Compounds in Plant-Based Food” (11 pages).

  • “Maternal reproductive toxicity of some essential oils and their constituents.”  Dosoky, N.S.; Setzer, W.N.  Special Issue “Bioactive Molecules of Natural Origin: Mechanisms of Action Related to Health Risks and Benefits” of International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021, 22(5), 2380 (31 pages).

  • “The volatile phytochemistry of Monarda species growing in south Alabama.”  Lawson, S.K.; Satyal, P.; Setzer, W.N.  Special issue, “Essential Oils of Plants (Chemical Composition, Variation and Properties)” of Plants, 2021, 10(3), 482 (13 pages).

  • “Essential oil composition and DNA barcode and identification of Aniba species (Lauraceae) growing in the Amazon region.”  Xavier, J.K.A.M.; Maia, L..; Figueiredo, P.L.B.; Folador, A.C.; Folador, A.; Ramos, A.R.; Andrade, E.H.; Maia, J.G.S.; Setzer, W.N.; da Silva, J.K.R. Special issue, “Essential Oils 2021” of Molecules, 2021, 26(7), 1914 (19 pages).

  • Lantana camara essential oils from Vietnam: Chemical composition, molluscicidal, and mosquito larvicidal activity.”  Hung, N.H.; Dai, D.N.; Satyal, P.; Huong, L.T.; Chinh, B.T.; Hung, D.Q.; Tai, T.A.; Setzer, W.N.  Chemistry & Biodiversity, 2021, 18, e2100145 (17 pages).

  • “Essential oils of four Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) varieties grown in north Alabama.”  Setzer, W.N.; Duong, L.; Pham, T.; Poudel, A.; Nguyen, C.; Mentreddy, S.R.  Special Issue “10th Anniversary of Plants—Recent Advances and Perspectives” of Plants, 2021, 10(7), 1397 (13 pages).

  • “Antileishmanial potential of berberine alkaloids from Berberis glaucocarpa roots: Molecular docking suggests relevant Leishmania protein targets.” Alamzeb, M.; Ali, S.; Khan, B.; Ihsanullah; Adnan; Omer, M.; Ullah, A.; Ali, J.; Setzer, W.N.; Salman, S.  Natural Product Communications, 2021, 16(9), 1934578x211031148 (13 pages).

  • “The chemical composition of single-tree Boswellia frereana resin samples.”  Johnson, S.; DeCarlo, A.; Satyal, P.; Dosoky, N.S.; Sorensen, A.; Setzer, W.N.  Natural Product Communications, 2021, 16(9), 1934578x211043727 (6 pages).

  • “Bioactive essential oils from Cuban plants: An inspiration to drug development.”  Monzote, L.; García, J.; González, R.; Scotti, M.T.; Setzer, W.N.  Special Issue “Phytochemistry of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants” of Plants, 2021, 10(11), 2515 (20 pages).