About Dr Pavitra Pillay
ND: Medical Technology, NHD: Medical Technology, B Tech: Biomedical Technology, MPH and PHD in Public Health
Dr Pavitra Pillay is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology. She has a Masters’ degree in Public Health and a PhD in Public Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She registered as a Cytotechnologist and worked at the Regional Laboratory Services KZN, before entering academia, where she currently has 25 years’ experience. At DUT, she has worked in several roles including, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, HOD and Deputy Dean. She has developed scholarly and professional associations with her peers and research collaborators locally, nationally and internationally.
She is also the co-director of the Centre for Bilharzia and Tropical Health Research (CBTHR). This is a non-profit research organization which consists of global scientists who are committed to contribute to the improvement of outcomes for patients and health professionals with a focus on the female health, adolescent health, reproductive health, HIV transmission, and gender issues. Her research interests include women’s health, particularly cervical cancer, HPV and risky adolescent sexual behavior. Other research interests include infectious diseases, public health and epidemiology. She is a member of the panel of experts in the Greenflag Association, which has the vision of providing healthy living and safe air quality.