Faculty and Staff Biography

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Chaya Gopalan

Associate Professor, Physiology
Department of Basic Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Glasgow in Scotland

Master of Science in Zoology from Bangalore University in India

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology from Bangalore University in India


Reproductive Neuroendocrinology

Current Research

Current research focused on the study of the expression of estrogen and androgen receptors in the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and its relation to memory. Whether the expression of estrogen-alpha and beta receptors as well as the androgen receptors are mediated by testosterone independently of estrogen or by its conversion to estrogen is studied both in the neonate and adult rats.

Also engaged in educational research related to team-based learning as well as the impact of lecture capture on student performance.

Current Courses, Activities, and Scholarly Interest

Current courses: Introductory Physiology, Advanced Physiology, Immunology

Activities: Team-based learning, physiology jeopardy production, technology in teaching

Scholarly interest: Physiology jeopardy production for Fox's Physiology 13th edition; research on the use of recorded lecture and student performance; research in the team-based learning approach to teaching of Physiology; quiz questions for the Anatomy and Physiology courses for the Wiley Web site

Vita Highlights

Reviewer of the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching

Peer Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission

National Association of Biology Teachers’ Two-Year College Teaching Award

Steering Committee Member of the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society

Member of the Membership Committee of the American Physiological Society

Co-PI on a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Chaired the Teaching of Physiology Section’s featured topic titled Innovative Use of Technology for Teaching and Student Assessment in Physiology, and presented the featured topic of the Teaching Section of the Experimental Biology Conference titled Innovative Use of Technology for Teaching and Student Assessment in Physiology

Developed Physiology jeopardy files for Fox's Physiology, 13th Edition, McGraw Hill Co.

Published the Anatomy and Physiology Lab Manual by McGraw-Hill Co.

Faculty grant awards from the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society


I love cooking and published a cook book, Bengaluru Brunch – A Collection of South Indian Recipes.