Dr Roshini Govinden

Dr Govinden is involved in bioprospecting for extremophilic organisms and the study of their genes and enzymes relating to the hydrolysis of renewable biomass and production of biopolymers. The focus is to clone, characterize, purify and apply these biocatalysts in the field of biofuels, biopulping and biobleaching, biorefinery processes and bioplastics.

A more recent interest is the study of endophytic fungi from South African medicinal plants, the bioactive molecules they produce for application as antimicrobial, anticancer and anti-oxidant applications. She is also exploring the use of fungi for the biosynthesis of metal nanoparticles for biosensor design for diagnostic applications and for targeted drug delivery.

 Quote:   "You are only limited by your imagination."
Position:   Researcher and Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   Licence de Biologie
Maitrise de Biochimie
Campus:   Westville
 Telephone:   031 260 8281
 Email:   govindenr@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:   Enzyme Biotechnology
Bioprospecting and Strain engineering
Sustainable Agriculture
 Recent Publications:  
Lut Van Damme, Roshini Govinden, Florence M. Mirembe, Fernand Gu├ędou, Suniti Solomon, Marissa L. Becker, B.S. Pradeep, A.K. Krishnan, Michel Alary, Bina Pande, Gita Ramjee, Jennifer Deese, Tania Crucitti, Doug Taylor. 2008. Lack of Effectiveness of Cellulose Sulfate Gel for the Prevention of Vaginal HIV Transmission New England Journal of Medical Science.359: 463-472.

Ramjee G, Coumi N, Dladla-Qwabe N, Ganesh S, Gappoo S, Govinden R, Guddera V, Maharaj R, Moodley J, Morar N, Naidoo S, Palanee T. 2010. Experiences in conducting multiple community-based HIV prevention trials among women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Research and Therapy 7:10.

Halpern, V, C Lie, C Mauck, FA Guedou, F Mirembe, R Govinden, F. Ogunsola. Predictors of pregnancy in microbicide trials. Contraception 2011:83:436-40. doi: 10.1016/j.

Govinden R, L Govender, T Bush 2012. Strategic combination of Eucalyptus species for the potential management of dissolving pulp quality. Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology 3:7 .http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7463.S1.003

Ramnath L, T Bush, R Govinden. 2014. Method optimization for DGGE analysis of microflora from industrial wood chips intended for pulping. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 13(3), pp. 356-365, DOI: 10.5897/AJB2013.12899

Nnadozie CF, J Lin, R Govinden. 2015. Selective isolation of bacteria for metagenomic analysis: Impact of membrane characteristics on bacteria filterability. Biotechnology Progress. (in press)

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