Dr Nowsheen Goonoo is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology Unit, Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), University of Mauritius, Mauritius. She obtained her PhD in 2015 through joint supervision between the University of Mauritius and University of Memphis, USA. She received a Georg Forster Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2016 to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Siegen, Germany. Following her successful research stay in Germany, she was awarded the Humboldt Return Fellowship which allowed her to re-integrate her home institution in Mauritius. She was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship (Sub-Saharan Africa Region) in 2019 for her research on the development of novel materials for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.
Dr Goonoo is currently focusing on the development of high-value added materials using locally available resources such as seaweeds for the treatment of burns, ulcers, and bone defects. Dr Goonoo has co-authored 25 peer reviewed publications (2019) including book chapters in the fields of polymers, drug delivery and tissue engineering in internationally renowned journals.
She has also presented her research at several national and international conferences. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals. She is also involved in various collaborative projects on biomaterials for improved health care. She is actively involved in community outreach activities with the aim of promoting science education among secondary school students especially girls and to guide them on future career choice