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Nowsheen Goonoo

Country of origin: Mauritius Currently in: Mauritius, Plaine des Papayes General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Academic Background


2015 Doctorate Chemical Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

My current research activities is based on the development of novel polymeric biomaterials for drug delivery, bone and skin tissue engineering applications.

Research Keywords: 
tissue engineering
Materials Characterization
cell culture

Publications resulting from Research: 

Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Bowlin, G. L., Jhurry, D., Diblock Poly(ester)-Poly(ester-ether) Copolymers: I –Synthesis, Thermal Properties and Degradation Studies, Industrial and Engineering Chemical Research 2012, 51,12031-12040.
2. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Bowlin, G. L., Jhurry, D., An assessment of biopolymer and synthetic polymer scaffolds for bone and vascular tissue engineering. Polymer International 2013, 62, 523-533.
3. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Rodriguez, I. A., Bowlin, G. L., Jhurry, D., Poly(ester-ether)s: I. Investigation of the Properties of Blend Films of Polydioxanone and Poly(methyl dioxanone). International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials 2014 63(10), 527-537.
4. Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jeetah, R., Goonoo, N., Veeren, A., Jugdawa, Y., Jhurry, D., A review of polymeric biomaterials research for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications at the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research, Mauritius. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 2014, 6(2), 145-157.
5. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Rodriguez, I. A., Wesner, D., Schönherr, H., Bowlin, G. L., Jhurry, D., Poly(ester-ether)s: II. Properties of electrospun nanofibres from polydioxanone and poly(methyl dioxanone) blends and human fibroblast cellular proliferation. Biomaterials Science 2014, 2, 339-351.

6. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jhurry, D., Drug loading and release from electrospun biodegradable nanofibers. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology 2014, 10(9), 2173-2199.

7. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., R. Ujoodha., A. Jhugroo., G. Hulse., Jhurry, D., Naltrexone: A review of existing sustained drug delivery systems and emerging nano-based systems, Journal of Controlled Release, 2014 183, 154–166.

8. Murigi, M. K., Madivoli, E. S., Mathenyu, M. M., Kareru, P. G., Gachanja, A. N, Njenga, P. K., Goonoo, N., Githira, P. N., Mercy, Githua. Comparison of Physicochemical Characteristics of Microcrystalline Cellulose from Four Abundant Kenyan Biomasses, IOSR Journal of Polymer and Textile Engineering (IOSR-JPTE) Volume 1, Issue 2 (Jan. 2014), pgs 53-63.

9. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jhurry, D., In vitro and in vivo cytocompatibility of electrospun nanofiber scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 31618-31642.

10. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Rodriguez, I. A., Wesner, D., Schönherr, H., Bowlin, G. L., Jhurry, D., Poly(ester-ether)s: III. Assessment of cell behaviour on nanofibrous scaffolds of PCL, PLLA and PDX blended with amorphous PMeDX. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2015, 3, 673-687.

11. Bhaw-Luximon, A., Goonoo, N., Jhurry, D., Nanotherapeutics promises for colorectal and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Volume VII: NanoBioMaterials in Cancer Therapy, 2015 in press.

12. Goonoo, N., Jeetah, R., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jhurry, D., Polydioxanone-based Bio-Materials for Tissue Engineering and Drug/Gene Delivery Applications. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 2015, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2015.05.024.

13. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jhurry, D., Biodegradable polymer blends: miscibility, physico-chemical properties and biological response of scaffolds. Polymer International 2015, DOI 10.1002/pi.4937.

14. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Passanha, P., Esteeves, S. R., Jhurry, D., Third generation poly(hydroxyacid) composite scaffolds for tissue engineering. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research B 2016, doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33674.

15. Goonoo, N., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Passanha, P., Esteeves, S. R., Schönherr, H., Jhurry, D., Biomineralization potential and cellular response of PHB and PHBV blends with natural anionic polysaccharides. Materials Science and Engineering C 2017, doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.02.156.

16. Jugdawa, Y., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Wesner, D., Goonoo, N., Schönherr, H., Jhurry, D., Polysucrose-based hydrogels for loading of small molecules and cell growth. 2017, accepted, Reactive and Functional Polymers.

17. Goonoo, N., Khanbabaee, B., Steuber, M., Bhaw-Luximon, A., Jonas, U., Pietsch, U., Jhurry, D., Schönherr, H., κ–Carrageenan enhances the biomineralization and osteogenic differentiation of electrospun PHB and PHBV fibers. 2017, doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00150.

18. Goonoo, N., Modulating immunological responses of electrospun fibers for tissue engineering. 2017. Advanced Biosystems.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 


chemical society

Presentation given

Electrospun poly(ester-ether)/polysaccharide blend fibers for bone tissue engineering
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Event: UNESCO/IUPAC Workshop & Conference on Macromolecules & Materials
κ–Carrageenan enhances biomineralization and osteogenic differentiation of electrospun PHB and PHBV fibers
Kleve, Germany
Event: Functional Nanomaterials Conference
Electrospun Bioartificial Blend Mats: Their Potential for Bone Tissue Engineering Applications
Event: Asian Polymer Association conference
Third generation κ-Carrageenan-Based Blend Scaffolds For Tissue Engineering
Poznan, Poland
Event: 24th World Forum on Advanced Materials- POLYCHAR24
Polydioxanone-based Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering: Chemical, Mechanical and Biological Aspects
Event: International Conference on Nanomaterials for health, energy and environment
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Dec 2015
Georg Forster Postdoctoral Research fellowship
The Georg Forster Research Fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation allows highly- qualified foreign scientists to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Georg Forster Research Fellowship is awarded based on the quality of the research proposal that should make an important contribution to the development of the researcher’s country or region of origin. More importantly, the research proposal must deal with issues of major relevance to the future development of the candidate`s country of origin.