Sayali Kukday

Associate Teaching Professor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I completed an MS in Biochemistry from The Institute of Science, Mumbai, India and then traveled to the University of Georgia, where I did my PhD research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating, I served as an Instructor and Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Georgia. I joined the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology in 2013.

Research Description

I facilitate active learning in my courses through the use of several evidence-based strategies including collaborative, problem-based, game-based, and case study-based learning. I am also a Biology Education Researcher interested in translational research (research that informs teaching practices and/or can lead to teaching reform). Currenlty, I am studying the impact of collaboration on student affect and mechanisms that promote equity and inclusion in undergraduate biology and genetics courses with the ultimate goal of building STEM learning environments that honor and nurture the growth of a multitude of backgrounds and experiences of the people doing the science.


Sayali Kukday and Walter Schmidt. 2013. The yeast M16A peptidases Axl1p and Ste23p. Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes, 3rd edition, Oxford Academic Press: 1430-1434. 

Sayali Kukday1, Surya Manandhar1, Marissa Ludley, Mary Burriss, Benjamin Alper and Walter Schmidt. 2012. Cell permeable, small molecule activators of the insulin-degrading enzyme. Journal of Biomolecular Screening. 17(10): 1349-1362.

Ranjith Krishnankutty1, Sayali Kukday1, Amanda Castleberry, Sarah Breevoort and Walter Schmidt. 2009. Proteolytic processing of certain CaaX motifs can occur in the absence of the Rce1p and Ste24p CaaX proteases. Yeast. 26(8): 451-63.

Area of Expertise: 
Biology Education Research (current) and Enzyme activators as therapeutic agents in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
B.S., Life Sciences and Biochemistry, K.C. College, Mumbai, India, 2005
M.S., Biochemistry, The Institute of Science, Mumbai, India, 2007
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2012
2112 Molecular Biology