School of Life Sciences

Dr Karen Pillay

Senior Lecturer

Dr Karen Pillay is passionate about teaching and Scientific research, and she holds a PhD in Biochemistry. Her area of research is Nanotechnology with a particular focus on magnetotactic bacteria. This bacterial species is used for nanoparticle synthesis and is also being evaluated for waste water bioremediation. One of Karen’s highlights during her career is being awarded the prestigious Department of Science and Technology (DST) Women in Science Doctoral fellowship in 2011.

Research interests

  • Nanoparticle production using magnetotactic bacteria.
  • Evaluation of nanoparticles as potential antimicrobial agents.
  • Waste water bioremediation.
  • Cytotoxicity testing

Research profiles