Dr Karen Pillay

Dr Karen Pillay is passionate about teaching and Scientific research. Her PhD degree was based on protein misfolding (amyloidogenic) diseases, with a focus on amylin and type II diabetes. Karen has now shifted her area of research to nanoparticle production using magnetotactic bacteria. One of Karen’s highlights during her career is being awarded the prestigious Department of Science and Technology (DST) Women in Science Doctoral fellowship in 2011.

Position:   Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD (Biochemistry)
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 7665
 Email:   muthusamy@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:  


Antimicrobial testing

Cytotoxicity testing

Protein misfolding

 Recent Publications:  

Gannimani, R., Ramesh, M., Mtambo, S., Pillay, K., Soliman, M.E., and Govender, P. γ-Cyclodextrin capped silver nanoparticles for molecular recognition and enhancement of antibacterial activity of chloramphenicol, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2016, 157, p.15-24.

Kandappa, H.R., Pillay, K., Obulam, V.S.R., Sharma, V.G.K., and Govender, P., In vitro Antifungal, Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Activities of a Partially Purified Protein Fraction from Atlantia monophylla Linn (Rutaceae) Leaf. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 2015. 14(3): p. 487-493.

Pillay, K. and Govender, P., Novel insights into amylin aggregation. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 2014. 28(1): p. 123-135. 

Gannimani, R., Perumal, A., Krishna, S.B., Sershen, Muthusamy, K., Mishra, A., and Govender, P., Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of Silver and Gold Nanoparticles Produced Using Aqueous Seed Extract of Protorhus Longifolia as a Reducing Agent. Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, 2014. 9(4): p. 1669-1679. 

Pillay, K. and Govender, P., A direct fluorescence-based technique for cellular localization of amylin. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, 2013. 60(4): p. 384-392.

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