Niranjan Aryal, PhD
Niranjan Aryal, PhD is the lab director at a cannabis testing laboratory based in Southern California. He has a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from Montana State University. As the whole cannabis industry is moving towards standardization, Dr. Aryal believes that Cannabis testing laboratories play a pivotal role in the multidimensional cannabis industry. Production companies to the consumers, all rely on the analytical results produced by the laboratories. Given the immense importance, it is the responsibility of testing laboratories to produce precise, accurate, and consistent results for each sample they analyze. When several countries are preparing to legalize cannabis and be part of the international market, a worldwide accepted standardization on guidelines and requirements on testing is much awaited. Dr. Aryal is working towards bringing worldwide recognized standardization to the Cannabis Testing.
He also has research interest in: Secondary metabolites in Cannabis (Cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids- biosynthetic pathway, evolutionary history, distribution among different strains and across the non-cannabis organisms); Biotechnological production of secondary metabolites from cannabis in other organisms such as yeasts; medicinal values of secondary metabolites from Cannabis plants.
He is also advocating for the legalization of cannabis in several countries, especially in south Asia.