Dr Meenu Ghai

Dr Ghai ’s research interests are in molecular diagnostics. She is working on development of LAMP (loop mediated isothermal amplification) assays for user friendly detection of plant and animal pathogens.

She is also working on development of new DNA methylation specific markers for identification of human body fluids. These markers will aid in body fluid identification in forensic cases.

 Quote:   "Always keep these four best friends near you: Faith, hope, patience and love."
Position:   Researcher and Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD (Genetics)
MSc (Botany)
Campus:   Westville
 Email:   ghai@ukzn.ac.za
Telephone:   031 260 8617
 Research Areas:  
Molecular Diagnostics: LAMP for detection of plant pathogens
DNA methylation markers for identification of human body fluids.
 Recent Publications:  
Farzeen Kader, Meenu Ghai (2015) DNA Methylation and Application in Forensic Sciences. Forensic Science International, 249:255 -265. DOI:10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.01.037

Meenu Ghai, Dyfed Evans (2015) Genome wide gene associated differential methylation pattern in humans International Plant & Animal Genome XXIII, San Deigo, USA; 01/2015.

Meenu Ghai, Varnika Singh, Lauren Anne Martin, Sharon Anne McFarlane, Tania van Antwerpen, Richard Stuart Rutherford (2014) A rapid and visual loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay to detect Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli targeting a transposase gene. Letters in Applied Microbiology DOI:10.1111/lam.12327

Meenu Ghai, Martin LA, McFarlane SA, Van Antwepen T, Rutherford RS (2013) Rapid diagnosis of ratoon stunting disease by loop – mediated isothermal amplification. 86th South African Sugar Technologists' Association Congress, 255-260.

Postgraduate Candidates:    PG Candidates

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