Biochemistry, Cell Biology & Genetics

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  • Biochem Assoc. Prof
  • Biochem Asst. Prof
  • Biochem Prof & Chair
  • Biochem Prof.
  • Biochemistry
  • Roopa Sebastian, PhD
    Roopa Sebastian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Joseph Cross, PhD
    Joseph Cross, PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Rajashekar B. Rao, MSc, PhD
    Rajashekar B. Rao, MSc, PhD
    Associate Professor
  • John Th’ng, PhD
    John Th’ng, PhD
    Associate Professor
  • Bolanthur Shivaraj, BSc, MSc, PhD
    Bolanthur Shivaraj, BSc, MSc, PhD
    Professor & Chair
  • Karron James, PhD
    Karron James, PhD
    Associate Professor
  • Nandini Rao, PhD
    Nandini Rao, PhD
    Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics
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Roopa Sebastian, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Roopa Sebastian received her MSc in Medical Biochemistry from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and PhD from Yenepoya University, Mangalore. She has 14 years of experience in teaching Biochemistry to medical, dental and paramedical students.She joined AUA as Assistant Professor in January 2018. She has worked on identifying different salivary biomarkers for various oral diseases including oral cancer. She has published 7 scientific papers in indexed national and international journals. She has guided undergraduate and post graduate students for their research projects. Prior to joining AUACOM, Dr. Sebastian was working as Associate Professor in Biochemistry in KVG Medical College, Sullia, India.

Joseph Cross, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Joseph Cross has a PhD in genetics from Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, where his doctoral topic was on marsupial MHC genomics.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, researching genes involved in prostate cancer, and subsequently took a position as lecturer in molecular biology at Holmesgeln Institute in Melbourne, Australia. There he pioneered the introduction of DNA barcoding and PBL into post-secondary education in Australia.

Dr. Cross is currently Assistant Professor at the American University of Antigua and is also System Coordinator for Foundations II and the Hematolymphoid system. In addition, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, College Of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, where his research focuses on virulence genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Rajashekar B. Rao, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Rajashekar Barkur Rao received his MSc in Medical Biochemistry from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, and his PhD from Manipal University, India. Dr. Rao joined AUA as an Associate Professor in Biochemistry in January 2017. He has been teaching biochemistry to medical students for the past 17 years. Before joining AUA, Dr. Rao taught at Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, India.

Dr. Rao has 11 scientific publications and nine conference presentations to his credit and is a reviewer for many indexed journals. He is also a PhD guide for Manipal University, India. Some of Dr. Rao’s work has focused on determining the effects of lead-induced oxidative stress on prenatal and postnatal brain development in rats.

John Th’ng, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. John Th’ng has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. His doctorate thesis was on DNA repair in mammalian cells. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the School of Medicine, University of California (Davis), California, USA. His research focus was on cell cycle regulation and chromosome structure in mammalian cells. Dr. Th’ng then became a Project Director and Assistant Professor at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He later moved to the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre (Thunder Bay, Canada). His research as a Scientist was focused on the chromosomes and the cell cycle in cancer cells. Dr. Th’ng was also an Associate Professor and taught at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Thunder Bay, Canada). In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Th’ng had worked in the biotechnology industry. He established the DNA-based rapid detection of mold and bed bug contaminations in homes, produced agents for screening autoimmune diseases, and was a consultant to a forensic DNA company. Since June, 2013, Dr. Th’ng has been teaching Medical Cell Biology and Molecular Biology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine.

Bolanthur Shivaraj, BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor & Chair

Dr. Shivaraj received his MSc and PhD at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) in Manipal, India, from the Universities of Mysore and Kerala respectively. He taught Medical Biochemistry to undergraduate and postgraduate medical/paramedical students at KMC for 32 years (from 1975-2007). In addition, Dr. Shivaraj was an active researcher and successfully mentored four PhD students. His research areas included natural enzyme inhibitors, protein-protein interaction, urinary lipid profiles, and halogenation of proteins. Dr. Shivaraj has published 11 papers on the international medical journals. He joined American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine as a full-time professor in January 2010.

Karron James, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Karron James graduated from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada with a bachelor of science degree in 1999. There, she completed the honors program, performing research to identify surface virulence factors of Listeria monocytogenes.

Nandini Rao, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics

After obtaining a PhD in medical biochemistry from Manipal University, India, she completed her post doctoral studies in the dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, on the mechanism of action of PTH on the bone. After working as a visiting research scientist at Indiana School of Medicine, Terre Haute where she studied on the froglet limb regeneration, Dr. Rao went on a scientific adventure on salamander limb regeneration at Purdue School of Science, Indianapolis. Her research experience includes proteomics, genomics, purification of proteins etc. In addition to publications in internationally indexed journals, she is also a co author for a chapter In “Principles of Regenerative Medicine”, for which Thompson J is one of the editors. Dr. Rao as a faculty in Manipal, taught medical Biochemistry for about 15 years and taught molecular biology and cell biology in Terre Haute and Indianapolis, in addition to Medical Biochemistry. She is also a member of Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine.