Dr Karen Pillay
Dr Karen Pillay is a young academic who is passionate about teaching and Scientific research. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry, which 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
 Email:   muthusamy@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:   Nanoparticle production using magnetotactic bacteria, evaluation of nanoparticles as potential antimicrobial agents.
 Recent Publications:  
Gannimani, R., Perumal, A., Krishna, S.B., Sershen, Muthusamy, K., Mishra, A., and Govender, P. (2014) 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, 9(4): p. 1669-1679.

Pillay, K., and Govender, P. (2014) Novel insights into amylin aggregation. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 28:1, 123-135, DOI: 10.1080/13102818.2014.901680

Pillay, K., and Govender, P. (2013) Amylin Uncovered: A review on the polypeptide responsible for type II diabetes, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Volume 2013, Article ID 826706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/826706y. ISSN 2314-6133

Pillay, K., and Govender, P. (2013) A direct fluorescent-based technique for cellular localization of amylin, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry. 60:4, 384–392, DOI: 10.1002/bab.1113

Muthusamy, K., Arvidsson, P. I., Govender, P., Kruger, H. G., Maguire, G. E. M., and Govender, T. (2010) Design and study of peptide-based inhibitors of amylin cytotoxicity, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 20, 1360-1362. ISSN 0960-894X


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