Professor Panjasaram (Vassie) Naidoo is an associate professor in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of KwaZulu Natal [UKZN] where she lectures in Pharmacy Practice. She also lectures pharmacology to primary health care nurses registered in the School of Nursing, UKZN. She currently serves on the Names and Scheduling Committee of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). She is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) and is a member of many professional bodies and organisations such as the International AIDS Society, SA HIV Clinicians Society, Academic sector of the PSSA and the International Federation of Pharmacists (FIP). She served on the South African Pharmacy Council for 2 terms (10 years).

She presently serves on the Human and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC) of UKZN. Prof Naidoo has represented the pharmacy profession in giving input to the SA Parliament, NDOH, PDOH, and the local health structures of KZN including many medical aid associations whilst practicing as a community pharmacist.

Her main research interests is on HIV/AIDS management and its relationship to Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Schistosomiasis, and Medicine Disposal. She has also done research on the NHI. She has supervised a number of Masters and PhD students in these areas and has publications in many SAPSE /ISI rated journals.

Prof Naidoo is involved in community work both formally and informally.