Dr Roshini Govinden

Dr Govinden obtained BSc, MSc & PhD from UDW,  Licence de Biologie (University of Caen), Maitrise [University of Marseilles (Aix en Provence)].  Worked at the Medical Research Council of South Africa (HIV Prevention Research Unit) for 8 years – involved in (phase II, IIb II and IV) clinical trials testing various drugs for HIV and STI prevention in women as study coordinator, Lab Manager and PI. Received DST Emerging Microbicide Researcher Award in 2006. Currently 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.  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 – Characterization & application in biofuels, biopulping, biobleaching, biorefinery processes

Bioprospecting and Strain engineering – Biopolymer production (bioplastics)

NanoTechnology – Applications of Silver/Gold nanoparticles produced by fungi in biosensor design and targeted drug delivery

Sustainable Agriculture – Enhancing rhizospere microorganisms to improve crop production

 Recent Publications:  

Bodede O, S Shaik, R Govinden and R Moodley. 2017. Evaluating the bioreducing potential of the leaves, knobs and roots of Zanthoxylum capense (small knobwood) for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles, applicable to in vitro fungal contamination control Advances in Natural Science: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. In Press.

Ramnath L and R Govinden. 2017. Significance of substrate specificity in determining lipolytic activity of bacteria indigenous to Eucalyptus wood species. Biotechnology Reports. In Press.

Ramnath L, B Sithole and R Govinden. 2017. Classification of lipolytic enzymes and their biotechnological applications in the pulping industry. Canadian Journal Microbiology 63: 1–14 (2017) dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2016-0447.

Nnadozie CF, J Lin, R Govinden. 2017. Selective isolation of a Eucalyptus spp. woodchip    bacterial community and its taxonomic and metabolic profiling. Bioenergy Research. 10:547–565. DOI 10.1007/s12155-017-9816-9

Nnadozie CF, J Lin, R Govinden. 2015. Selective isolation of bacteria for metagenomic analysis:  Impact of membrane characteristics on bacteria filterability.  Biotechnology Progress.  31(4):853-66.

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