Dr Taurai Mutanda
Dr Mutanda is a seasoned researcher and lecturer and has been recognized by the NRF as an emerging researcher in the field of Bioenergy and Microalgal Biotechnology. He holds a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences, MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Biochemistry.

Dr Mutanda has been awarded prestigious awards such as the Claude Leon Foundation Fellowship, and the NRF Free Standing Fellowship. Dr Mutanda has published widely and has contributed 4 Book Chapters.

He is currently supervising and co-supervising postgraduate students at Honours, Masters and PhD Level.

 Quote:   "In my experience the zeal for acquisition and contribution to knowledge through meaningful research can tremendously change and shape our world!".
Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD (Biochemistry)
MSc (Biotechnology)
BSc (Hons ) Biological Sciences
Discipline:   Microbiology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 8226
 Email:   mutanda@ukzn.ac.za
Research Areas:   Microalgal Biotechnology.
Sustainable utilization of wastewater streams for propagation of microalgal biomass for bioenergy production with concomitant phytoremediation.
Prebiotics research with a special focus on the enzymatic synthesis of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and inulooligosaccharides (IOS), their detection and quantification for potential pharmaceutical applications.
 Recent Publications:  

Gumbi S.T., Majeke B.M., Olaniran A.O. and Mutanda T. (2017). Isolation, Identification and High-Throughput Screening of Neutral Lipid Producing Indigenous Microalgae from South African Aquatic Habitats. Journal of Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 182: 382-399. DOI: 10.1007/s12010-016-2333-z IF 1.751

M.P. Mokoena, T. Mutanda and A.O. Olaniran (2016). Perspectives on the probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria from African traditional fermented foods and beverages. Food and Nutrition Research 60: 29630 IF 2.162

Ejovwokoghene C. Odjadjare, Mutanda Taurai and Ademola O. Olaniran (2017) Potential biotechnological application of microalgae: A critical review. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 37(1): 37-52 DOI: 10.3109/07388551.2015.1108956.

Ranjith Kumar. R, Ramesh. D, Mutanda. T, Rawat. I, Bux. F (2015) Thermal behaviour and pyrolytic characteristics of freshwater Scenedesmus sp. biomass. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects 37(13): 1383-1391.

Taurai Mutanda, Brendan S. Wilhelmi and Chris G. Whiteley (2015) Biocatalytic Conversion of Inulin and Sucrose into short chain Oligosaccharides for Potential Pharmaceutical Applications. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. 7(5): 371-380.

Abhishek Guldhe, Bhaskar Singh, Taurai Mutanda, Kugen Perumaul, Faizal Bux (2015) Advances in synthesis of biodiesel via enzyme catalysis: Novel and sustainable approaches. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 41:1447-1464 IF 6.798.

Mutanda T., Ranjith Kumar R. and Bux F (2014) Physico-chemical and biotic factors influencing microalgal seed culture propagation for inoculation of a large scale raceway pond.  Journal of African Biotechnology 13(35): 3607-3616

Mutanda T., Mokoena M.P., Olaniran A. O., Wilhelmi B.S, & Whiteley C.G. 2014. Microbial enzymatic production and applications of short chain fructooligosaccharides and inulooligosaccharides: Recent advances and current perspectives. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 41(6):893-906 DOI 10.1007/s10295-014-1452-1. Impact Factor 2.810.
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