PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

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  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
  • Indira Shastry, MBBS, MD, DNB, DipRCPath
    Indira Shastry, MBBS, MD, DNB, DipRCPath
    Assistant Professor
  • Deborah Dalmeida, MD
    Deborah Dalmeida, MD
    Associate Professor
  • Drickesha Aska, MD
    Drickesha Aska, MD
    Instructor
  • Chandanathil Merin, PhD
    Chandanathil Merin, PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Sabyasachi Maity, M.Sc PhD
    Sabyasachi Maity, M.Sc PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Qihai (David) Gu, MD, MS
    Qihai (David) Gu, MD, MS
    Associate Professor
  • Predrag Vujovic, PhD
    Predrag Vujovic, PhD
    Associate Professor & Deputy Chair
  • Arun Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
    Arun Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
    Professor
  • Ayoola Awosika, MD
    Ayoola Awosika, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Vinay H. Shankar, MBBS, MD
    Vinay H. Shankar, MBBS, MD
    Associate Professor
  • Rangachari Brahmaiah-Chari, MBBS, MD
    Rangachari Brahmaiah-Chari, MBBS, MD
    Associate Professor
  • Smriti Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
    Smriti Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
    Professor
  • Richard Millis, PhD
    Richard Millis, PhD
    Professor
  • Reza Sanii, PhD
    Reza Sanii, PhD
    Dean of Graduate Studies & Student Affairs, Professor & Chair
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Indira Shastry, MBBS, MD, DNB, DipRCPath
Assistant Professor

Dr. Indira Shastry is an assistant professor in the department of pathology at American University of Antigua College of Medicine. She received her Master’s (MD) in Pathology from Kasturba medical college, Manipal University, India, in 2015 and MBBS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, in 2009. She added a feather to the cap by accepting a degree, DNB in pathology from the National Board of Examinations in 2016, India. Currently, she is on a path to secure the position of a Fellow in the Royal College of Pathology, UK.

In the field of pathology, she holds special interests in renal, endocrine, hematology, soft tissue and female reproductive tract diseases. She has also been trained in the field of clinical Nephropathology from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), United States, In 2014 and 2019.

During her academic career at the Manipal University, her area of research was in the field of hematology and histopathology. She has authored and co-authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Few of the topics include a spectrum of red cell changes in chronic kidney disease, detection of malaria by automated machines, detection of paraproteins by automated hematology machines and its correction, renal oncocytomas and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss disease). Her professional memberships include United states and Canadian academy of pathology, the Royal College of Pathologist (UK), Indian association of pathologists and microbiologists and Indian academy of cytology.

Deborah Dalmeida, MD
Associate Professor

Deborah Dalmeida is a passionate medical educator with close to five years of experience in medical education in Pathology. Her tryst with Pathology began in May 2011 with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, wherein apart from teaching second year medical students, she founded and served as Faculty Coordinator for the AUA Center for Teaching and Learning, member of the Curriculum committee, the Academic integrity panel and the Student Engagement and Motivation Task Force. During this period, she successfully passed all three steps of the USMLE. She completed her residency training in Pathology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, after which she returned to AUACOM, as Assistant Professor of Pathology.

In her second stint, she was tasked with being the Systems Coordinator for the Foundations Module for Year II in a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum, composed of interleaved fundamental general pathologic, immunologic, pharmacologic and micro-biologic principles. As AUA launched Curriculum Next – a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum with a predominant small group model, she took charge as Lead Coordinator for beta testing of small group modules. She has designed a variety of small group learning activities based on sound pedagogic principles and best practices.

She joined St. Matthews University in the Cayman Islands, in May 2018. In her very first semester, she was voted winner of the Golden Apple Award for Fall 2018, an award that recognizes the overall faculty member, across all semesters whom the class believes has contributed the most to their success at St. Matthew’s University. She was also voted winner among teaching faculty in Semester 4, whom the class believes has contributed the most to their success at St. Matthew’s University.

Dr. Dalmeida is a firm believer in inter-disciplinary collaboration; constantly harnessing educational technology backed by sound pedagogic principles for student engagement and creation of significant learning experiences. She is a Certified Edpuzzle Coach, proficient with ExamSoft, BlackBoard and Moodle LMS, Panopto, Echo 360 Lecture Capture, TurningPoint, Poll Everywhere and Socrative Audience Response Systems, Brainscape Flashcards and is a prolific user of games for learning in the classroom.

She returned to AUACOM in June 2019 as Associate Professor of Pathology. She likes to call herself a pathology aficionado, student champion and a lifelong learner.

Drickesha Aska, MD
Instructor

Dr. Drickesha Aska (MD, ECFMG) is a medical doctor from the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. She graduated from the American University of Antigua, College of Medicine. Dr. Aska has over 3 years of medical teaching experience in the Departments of Anatomy, Clinical Medicine and Physiology. She is also an Academic Adviser in the Department of Education. Dr. Aska serves on various committees tasked with the planning and administration of curriculum structure. She also served as a research assistant for the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD, USA. Dr. Aska has clinical experience working alongside physicians across numerous states within the U.S. as well as in her home country of Antigua and Barbuda.

She is a highly motivated individual who always avails herself to the teaching of her students, patients and peers. Dr. Aska is driven by the William Ward philosophy that “The mediocre teacher tells. The Good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Chandanathil Merin, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Merin Chandanathil received her PhD in 2010 form Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She was awarded the PhD degree on ‘Effect of certain uremic toxins on the functions of central nervous system: A study in uremic rat model’ under the guidance of Dr. Subramanya Upadhya. She also published a couple research articles in peer reviewed journals in this area of research. She started her teaching career as lecturer in Physiology and was involved in teaching Physiology for undergraduate and postgraduate medical/paramedical students for 16 years. She was actively involved in outcome-based, student centered, concept-based and problem-based teaching throughout her carrier. At the previously organization she was involved in developing multiple and advanced instructional methods and applying them into organ system modules integrating basic sciences across topics. Since June 2018, Dr. Merin has been teaching Physiology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine

Sabyasachi Maity, M.Sc PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Maity is an assistant professor in the college of medicine, American university of Antigua. Dr. Maity obtained his PhD from the university of Alberta (neurophysiology) and his B.Sc and M.Sc  is in medical physiology. His research Areas are in synaptic plasticity and neuronal excitation. Within these research areas he has published 8 research paper with 2 featured cover articles. He has recently co-authored a paper in Nature Neuroscience journal. He has been awarded the J Gordin Kaplan research award by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta in 2012, Young investigator research travel award by the Canadian Association of Neuroscience in 2011, graduate research award by the physiology department of the University of Alberta in 2011, and a prestigious certificate of Honor from the City College, University of Calcutta in 2006 for securing first class score in Physiology honors. Dr. Maity has taught different modules of physiology and neuroscience at the Mount Royal University(Calgary) and at the University of Alberta(Edmonton). Before joining AUA, Dr. Maity was the course director for another offshore medical school where he taught physiology to the MD2  students for the preparation of USMLE Step 1 exam.

Qihai (David) Gu, MD, MS
Associate Professor

Dr. Gu graduated from a medical school and had his graduate study in physiology in China. He worked as a postdoc, research associate and research assistant professor at the Department of Physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine from 1998-2011. Before joining AUA in August 2018 as an Associate Professor of Basic Sciences, Dr. Gu was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) at Mercer University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gu’s research interest is in the field of neural control of breathing, and he has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, invited reviews and book chapters.

Predrag Vujovic, PhD
Associate Professor & Deputy Chair

Dr. Predrag Vujovic received his B.A. in Molecular Biology and Physiology (2006) and Ph.D. in Physiology (2011) from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Dr. Vujovic has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in the filed of neuroendocrine regulation of energy homeostasis. In 2014. he spent the year as the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin improving his teaching skills under the guidance of Dr. Dee U. Silverthorn. He coauthored the article on interactive approaches to teaching osmolarity and tonicity with Dr. Silverthorn. Dr. Vujovic joined AUA in January 2019 where he works as an Associate Professor in the Physiology Department.

Arun Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
Professor

Dr. Arun Kumar Agnihotri is a Professor in the Department of Pathology at American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine. Dr Agnihotri completed his graduation in medicine (MB BS) from MLB Medical College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1994 and post-graduation (MD) from MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1999. He has also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Mauritius in 2014. Dr. Agnihotri has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience. He has worked in All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, INDIA; Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhara, NEPAL; and SSR Medical College in Mauritius.

Dr. Agnihotri authored more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He serves as a member of the several professional organizations some of which are ‘United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’, ‘World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)’, ‘African Society of Forensic Medicine’, ‘Indian Medical Association (IMA)’, ‘Indian Society of Toxicology (IST)’ and ‘Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin’. He is also a Founder Editor, Editor in Chief and Publisher of an international peer-reviewed journal – Internet Journal of Medical Update since the year 2005 and a current President of International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers.

Dr. Agnihotri’s major responsibilities are teaching a course in pathology, coordinating a year 2 neuroscience module and participating in the curriculum development.

Ayoola Awosika, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ayoola Awosika started his career as a Physiologist at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He proceeded to earn his MD from All Saints University College of Medicine in Saint Vincent, where he was recognized as amongst the best graduating students in Basic Medical Sciences. Dr. Awosika thereafter completed a postgraduate training in Clinical pharmacology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, USA. In addition to this, he also has an MBA with specialization in Healthcare and Hospital management. His research is majored on cardiovascular pharmacology and precision medicine.

Licensed by the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria as a practicing physician, Dr. Awosika is ECFMG certified, and worked as an ER physician with passion for both clinical medicine and medical education. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Physiological Society of London, and European Thyroid Association.

Prior to joining AUA College of medicine, Dr. Awosika taught medical students at various medical schools in Physiology & Neurosciences, Pathology, Microbiology and USMLE Board review. He has served as course director at various level and highly knowledgeable in innovative teaching methods including team-based teaching, integrated problem- and case-based learning, interactive small and large group presentations/facilitation, multimedia and online learning. He was awarded “Outstanding professor in teaching” by the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine (2019). Dr. Awosika is passionate about helping students achieve their full academic and professional goals.

Vinay H. Shankar, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Vinay H Shankar has an MBBS from Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore and an MD from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.

Rangachari Brahmaiah-Chari, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Brahmaiahchari received his M.B.B.S from Fr. Mullers Medical College and MD from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

One and half year of teaching experience in general and systemic Pathology at Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal. Worked with Dr. Lakshmi Rao in dissertation ‘Prognostic implications of ISN/RPS classification in Lupus Nephritis- A 5 year study at Manipal.

Diagnostic experience of one and half year in the department of clinical laboratory and hematology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

Interested in research of autoimmune diseases, hematological manifestations & biomarkers of systemic lupus erythematosus

Course director, mentor, internal examiner for phase II Malaysian students at Manipal.

Smriti Agnihotri, MBBS, MD
Professor

Dr. Smriti Agnihotri received her MD from Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, in Allahabad, India, in 2001, and her MBBS in 1995 from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, in Kanpur, India, in 1995. She also completed training in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Mauritius in 2012. Dr. Smriti has been teaching pathology to medical graduates since 2002 including teaching at Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Nepal, and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College Medical College, in Mauritius. Dr. Smriti is a member of the Indian Medical Association, Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. She has authored more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals over the course of her academic career, and has been teaching pathology at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine since July 2016.

Richard Millis, PhD
Professor

Dr. Millis authored or co-authored approximately 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications on various aspects of medical physiology and has co-edited four research reference books. His most recent research, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to identify genetic and physiological markers for obesity in African-American adolescents. He has authored a government report funded by the U.S. Army’s Surgeon General on the effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal that was instrumental in creating the first federal government smoke-free workplace by the Department of Defense. He was chief scientist for the development of the federal government’s first centralized database on medical aspects of protection against chemical and biological warfare agents, and compiled the curriculum used to train physicians and allied health personnel on chemical casualty care for the first Persian Gulf War.

Dr. Millis is the recipient of a 2006 Teaching with Technology Award based on his extensive use of computer simulations for educational enhancement in teaching physiology to students in medical, dental and allied health sciences programs. Such educational enhancement was used to teach various medical review courses such as a workshop in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and in raising student performance on the United States Medical Licensure Step 1 Examination. He was a principal developer of an integrated basic and clinical science medical curriculum, employing a collaborative active-learning model that uses medical residents and clinical fellows for presenting computer simulations of clinical cases.

Reza Sanii, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies & Student Affairs, Professor & Chair

Dr. Sanii is a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba.