Professor Mario Ariatti
Professor Ariatti is a founder member of the Discipline of Biochemistry on the Westville campus. He has lectured in all aspects of Biochemistry over a period of 35 years.

In 2009 Professor Ariatti retired but continues to serve as Professor Emeritus and co-supervise postgraduate candidates.

His research interests lie in the areas of nucleic acid Chemistry and Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology with a special focus on nucleic acid delivery to mammalian systems.
 Quote:   "Apply yourself with passion yet expect no reward".
Position:   Professor Emeritus
Qualifications:   DPhil
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Biochemistry
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 7981
 Research Areas:   Cationic liposome design and assembly
Non-viral siRNA and gene delivery to mammalian systems
Nucleoside-based reverse transcriptase inhibitors
 Recent Publications:   Naicker K, Ariatti M and Singh M. PEGylated galactosylated liposomes for hepatocytic gene delivery. Colloids and Surfaces B. (2014) DOI:10.1016/j.colsurfb.2014.07.010

Govender J, Singh M and Ariatti M. Effect of poly(ethylene glycol) spacer on peptide-decorated hepatocellular carcinoma-targeted lipoplexes. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. (accepted April 2014).

Gorle S, Ariatti M and Singh M. Novel serum-tolerant lipoplexes target the folate receptor efficiently. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 59, 83-93 (2014). DOI:10.1016/j.eps.2014.04.012

Habib S, Singh M and Ariatti M. Glycosylated liposomes with proton sponge capacity: Novel hepatocyte-specific gene carriers. Current Drug Delivery 10 (6), 685-695 (2013).

Daniels A, Singh M and Ariatti M. PEGylated and non-PEGylated siRNA lipoplexes formulated with cholesteryl cytofectins promote efficient luciferase knockdown in HeLa tat luc cells. Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids 32(4), 206-220 (2013).

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