Dr Kirthee Pillay

Position:

Lecturer/Dr


Qualifications:

B.Sc Diet

PGDip Diet

B.Sc Diet (Hons)

M.Sc Diet

PhD

Office Block:

Room B5

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus

PMB

Telephone:

 

Fax:

 

Email:

+27 (0) 33 260 5674

 

+27 (0) 33 260 6270

 

pillayk@ukzn.ac.za

 

      

Kirthee qualified as a Dietitian in 1997. She started working at Grey’s Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian in 1998. In 2004 she left the position of Senior Dietitian at Grey’s Hospital to take up a LEAP lecturing position at UKZN. In 2008 she was appointed to a permanent position in the Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition where she teaches Human Nutrition to first and second year students. Her areas of research include clinical nutrition and the potential of provitamin A-biofortified maize in alleviating vitamin A deficiency.

 

Academic Service

  • Academic Coordinator 2016 (Undergraduate)

 

Publications

  • Oyeyinka AT, Pillay K, Siwela M (2017). Consumer awareness and acceptability of bambara groundnut as a protein source for use in complementary foods in rural KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 30(4): 87-92.
  • Oyeyinka AT, Pillay K, Tesfay S, Siwela M (2017). Physical, nutritional and antioxidant properties of Zimbabwean bambara groundnut and effects of processing methods on their chemical properties. International Journal of Food Science and Technology 52: 2238-2247.
  • Govender L, Pillay K, Siwela M, Modi A, Mabhaudhi T (2017). Food and nutrition insecurity in selected rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa-linking human nutrition and agriculture. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi:10.3990/ijerph 14010017.
  • Lifson LF, Hadley GP, Wiles NL, Pillay K (2017). Nutritional status of children with Wilms’ tumour on admission to a South African hospital and its influence on outcome. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 64(7) doi: 10.1002/pbc.26382.

  • Amod R, Pillay K, Siwela M, Kolanisi U (2016). Acceptance of a complementary food based on provitamin A-biofortified maize and chicken stew. Journal of Human Ecology KRE 55(3):152-159. 

  • Sithole NJ, Modi AT, Pillay K (2015). An Assessment of Minerals and Protein Contents in Selected South African Bottle Gourd Landraces [Lageraria siceraria (Mol. Standl.)]. Journal of Human Ecology KRE 51(3):279-286.
  • Govender L, Pillay K, Derera J, Siwela M (2014). Acceptance of a complementary food prepared with yellow, provitamin A-biofortified maize, by black caregivers in rural KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 27 (4): 217-221.

  • Pillay K, Siwela M, Veldman FJ, Amonsou EO, Mabaso BP (2014).  Acceptance of a ready-to-use supplementary food by stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 27(1): 31-37.
  • Pillay K, Siwela M, Derera J, Veldman FJ (2014). Provitamin A carotenoids in biofortified maize and their retention during processing and preparation of South African maize foods. Journal of Food Science and Technology 51(4): 634-644.
  • Pillay K, Siwela M, Derera J, Veldman FJ (2013). Influence of biofortification with provitamin A on protein, selected micronutrient composition and grain quality of maize. African Journal of Biotechnology 12(34): 5285-5293.
  • Pillay K, Derera J, Siwela M, Veldman FJ (2011). Consumer acceptance of yellow, provitamin A-biofortified maize in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 24(4): 186-191.
  • Pillay K, Maunder E, Naidoo K (2010). Diet-related knowledge and anthropometric status of children aged six to 10 with type 1 diabetes mellitus in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease 7(1): 16-22.
  • Pillay K, Maunder EMW, Naidoo KL (2009). Dietary intake and metabolic control of children aged six to ten with type 1 diabetes mellitus in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 22(2): 95-98.

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