Carrie Waterman, Ph.D.

Carrie Waterman profile photo Nov.2021
  • Assistant Researcher, Department of Nutrition

Ph.D. Pharmacognosy, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests

Dr. Waterman is an interdisciplinary research scientist at the intersection of nutrition, agriculture, health, and development. Her work focuses on natural products and foods for improved nutrition, health, and income generation in developing countries. She works with bioactive isothiocyanates and polyphenols from Moringa oleifera for treating chronic inflammation and factors of metabolic syndrome. SDr. Waterman's interests are to expand and improve moringa's use, production, and processing worldwide. She is also pursuing moringa for additional therapeutics applications, including cancer, HIV and IBD, as a nematocide and biofertilizer in agricultural uses, and in livestock feed for improved animal nutrition and milk production. She leads a California state grant to promote moringa production and consumption for smarter agriculture and heads the UC GHI Pilot Center on Food Justice and Health Equity.


Waterman C, Graham JL, Arnold CD, Stanhope KL, Tong JH, Jaja-Chimedza A, Havel PJ. Moringa Isothiocyanate rich Seed Extract Delays the Onset of Diabetes in UC Davis Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus Rats. Sci Rep. 2020 Jun 1;10(1):8861. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65722-6.

Wolff K, Jaja-Chimedza A, Kim Y, Waterman C, Poulev A, Raskin, I, Ribnicky D. Moringa isothiocyanate-1 is bioaccessible and bioavailable as a stable unmodified compound. Phytochemistry Letters. 2020;33, 33-38.  

Waterman C, Patel Z, Kim S, Rivera A, Pontiggia L, Grace MH, Smith R. 2015. Anthelmintic Activity of Punicalagin from Anogeissus leiocarpus. Universal Journal of Plant Science, 4, 67. [Article]

Tumer TB, Rojas-Silva P, Poulev A, Raskin I, Waterman C. Direct and Indirect Antioxidant Activity of Polyphenol and Isothiocyanate-Enriched Fractions from Moringa oleifera. J Agric Food Chem. 2015 Feb 11;63(5):1505-13. [PubMed]

Waterman C, Rojas-Silva P, Tumer TB, Kuhn P, Richard AJ, Wicks S, Stephens JM, Wang Z, Mynatt R, Cefalu W, Raskin I. Isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera reduce weight gain, insulin resistance and hepatic gluconeogenesis in mice. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2015 Jun;59(6):1013-24. [PubMed]

Cheng DM, Raskin I, Waterman C, Tumer TB. 2014. Moringa Leaf Phytochemicals for Skin Benefits. Cosmetics & Toiletries.

Waterman C, Calcul L, Beau J, Ma WS, Lebar MD, von Salm JL, Harter C, Mutka T, Morton LC, Maignan P, Barisic B, von Olphen A, Kyle DE, Vrijmoed L, Pang K, Pearce C, Baker B. Miniaturized cultivation of microbiota for antimalarial drug discovery. Med Res Rev. 2016 Jan;36(1):144-68. [PubMed]

Waterman C, Cheng DM, Rojas-Silva P, Poulev A, Dreifus J, Lila MA, Raskin, I. Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves mediate inflammation in vitro. Phytochemistry. 2014 Jul;103:114-22. [PubMed]

Cheng DM, Pogrebnyak N, Poulev A, Waterman C, Rojas-Silva P, Johnson W, Raskin I. Polyphenol-Rich Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce Improves Glucose Metabolism & Liver Lipid Accumulation in Diet Induced Obese C57BL/6 Mice. Nutrition. 2014 Jul-Aug;30(7-8 Suppl):S52-8. [PubMed]

Waterman C, Calcul L, Mutka, T, Kyle, DE, Baker B. 2014. A potent antimalarial trichothecene from hyphomycete species. Tetrahedron Letters, 55,3989.

Calcul L, Waterman C, Ma WS. Lebar, M, Harter C, Mutka T, Morton L, Maignan P, Van Olphen A, Kyle DE, Vrijmoed L, Pang K, Pearce C, Baker B. Screening mangrove endophytic fungi for antimalarial natural products. Mar Drugs. 2013 Dec 12;11(12):5036-50. [PubMed]

Waterman C, Smith, RA, Pontiggia L, DerMarderosian A. Anthelmintic screening of Sub-Saharan African plants used in traditional medicine. J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Feb 17;127(3):755-9. [PubMed]

Smith, R. A., Pontiggia, L., Waterman, C., Lichtenwalner, M. 2010. Introducing experimental design by evaluating efficacy of herbal remedies (Do herbal remedies really work?). Journal of Biological Education, 44, 175.

Tabarez, C., Waterman, C., Rapp, A.L., Moyna, P., Moyna G. 2009. Synthesis of novel indenoquinolines & indenopyridazines via photoisomerization of benzotropolone derivatives. Tetrahedron Letters, 50, 7128.

Smith R, Pontiggia L, Waterman C, Lichtenwalner M, Wasserman J. Comparison of motility, recovery, & methyl-thiazolyl-tetrazolium reduction assays for use in screening plants for anthelmintic activity. Parasitol Res. 2009 Oct;105(5):1339-43. [PubMed]