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Medical researcher

Vikash Sewram, South African medical researcher. Evaluator Medicines Control Council, Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa; Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (correspondent), South African Council for Natural Science Professions (licentiate), South African Chemical Institute (associate).

Background

Sewram, Vikash was born on May 17, 1971 in Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa. Son of Sewram and Mainawathie Girdhari.

Education

Diploma in analytical Chemistry, Master of Laws Sultan Technikon, Durban, 1991. Diploma in Chemistry, Master of Laws Sultan Technikon, Durban, 1992. Master of Science in Chemistry, Master of Laws Sultan Technikon, Durban, 1994.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University Natal, Durban, 1997.

Career

Scientist PROMEC Unit, Medical Research Council, Parow, Cape Town, South Africa, 1998, senior scientist South Africa, 1998—2000, specialist scientist South Africa, since 2001. Appointee to the analytical expert committee Medicines Control Council, South Africa, since 1997. Presenter and lecturer to field.

Achievements

  • Achievements include development of methods to evaluate the chemical complexity of a local indignous medicinal plant, Momordica foetida. First to method development, method validation and application to a variety of research issues on medicinal plants. Design of on-line extraction and bioassay system to detect chemical compounds from medicinal plants that can stimulate the muscles of the uterus during pregnancy.

    Discovery of human hair as a matrix for evaluating exposure to carcinogenic mycotoxins, Fumonisins, implicated in oesophageal cancer aetiology.

Membership

Evaluator Medicines Control Council, Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (correspondent), South African Council for Natural Science Professions (licentiate), South African Chemical Institute (associate).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading.

Connections

father:
Sewram Girdhari

mother:
Mainawathie Girdhari