Tejesvi Patel is addressing the issue of bacterial and fungal infections in wounds, particularly affecting diabetic patients with weakened immune systems. His proposed solution involves the development and testing of biocompatible PVP/TA hydrogels loaded with an antifungal drug, creating topical patches that can simultaneously release antibacterial and antifungal agents for the treatment of skin infections.
Tejesvi Patel is currently in the final stages of his Master’s degree in chemistry, specialising in polymer science at the University of the South Pacific. Under the supervision of Dr Rohindra, his research focuses on modifying biocompatible polymers to tackle pressing issues such as microbial wound infections and microplastics remediation from water. Tejesvi wants to pursue a PhD and hopes to contribute to the field of polymer science, making a positive impact on healthcare and environmental challenges.