Dr Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun

Dr Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun


University of Mauritius

Health Sciences

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Work and Research

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences and African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research, University of Mauritius and hold a PhD in Biosciences and is currently engaged in research in applied biochemistry and pharmacognosy. My research interests include oxidative stress and antioxidants in biology and medicine; biofactors from traditional herbal medicine and endemic medicinal plants and from the locally consumed food components; cancer biology and the molecular mechanisms and preclinical potential of natural products and dietary agents against cancer.

Fields Of Expertise

Herbal medicinal products
Cardiovascular disease
Medicinal plant compound in disease treatment

Research Profiles

My contribution to science and the impact of that

My research work on the endemic plants of Mauritius remains one of my most significant contributions to science. Working on plants, which are barely known scientifically, and establishing their potential prophylactic effects has added value to these plants. This has been a step towards validating the medicinal properties of the endemic flora since I firmly believe that endemic plants are of national importance to Mauritius as they represent its ecological heritage, and finding therapeutic benefits, amongst others, would be a source of significant pride for the country. An enthusiastic believer “That service to humanity is the best work of life”, I am for the past 8 years active in volunteering. I have constantly endeavored to integrate my scientific knowledge and apply the research insights for human benefit.  In this context, I have been actively involved in health awareness campaigns, a number of public lectures on cancer protecting food and beverages, as well as vaccination campaigns against human papillomavirus-induced cervical cancers in a number of non-governmental organisations. My commitment to improving the society transcended the local context when I joined the Global Young Academy in 2012   whereby I am currently working to address issues of importance for women in science.