School of Chemistry & Physics

Dr Hogantharanni Govender

Lecturer

Dr Govender was employed as a Research Assistant, thereafter as a Laboratory Technician and then as an Associate Lecturer at UDW. She is presently a Lecturer at UKZN. Her present research focus area is on medicinal chemistry (organic synthesis). This entails the synthesis of heterocylic compounds, quinoline in particular and their derivatives as a way of increasing drug discovery portfolios.

She is also interested in the fields of analytical chemistry, in particular, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and forensic chemistry.

Research interests

  • Medicinal Chemistry (Organic synthesis)
  • Analytical Chemistry (GC-MS)
  • Forensic Chemistry

Research profiles

Research overview

Research focus is on medicinal chemistry (organic synthesis). This entails the synthesis of heterocylic compounds, quinoline in particular and their derivatives as a way of increasing drug discovery portfolios. She is also interested in the fields of analytical chemistry, in particular, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Media

Herbie Govinden Trophy for Best Honours Research Project in Chemistry 2021

Water sampling at the Umgeni River outlet