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Dr. Sayali Kukday

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2112 Molecular Biology

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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). Currently, I am studying the impact of collaboration on student sense of belonging, societal educational debts, and instructor perceptions of discussions pertiaining to equity in undergraduate biology and genetics courses. My ultimate goal is to build STEM learning environments that honor and nurture a multitude of backgrounds and experiences in science.


Kukday S, Frohn E, Paige A. 2022. Metastatic mastery: A case and game-based approach to learning about cancer mechanisms. CourseSource.

Segura-Totten M, Dewsbury B, Lo SM, Bailey EG, Beaster-Jones L, Bills RJ, Brownell SE, Caporale N, Dunk R, Eddy SL, García-Ojeda ME, Gardner SM, Green LE, Hartley L, Harrison C, Imad M, Janosik AM, Jeong S, Josek T, Kadandale P, Knight J, Ko ME, Kukday S, Lemons P, Litster M, Lom B, Ludwig P, McDonald KK, McIntosh ACS, Menezes S, Nadile EM, Newman SL, Ochoa SD, Olabisi O, Owens MT, Price RM, Reid JW, Ruggeri N, Sabatier C, Sabel JL, Sato BK, Smith-Keiling BL, Tatapudy SD, Theobald EJ, Tripp B, Pradhan M, Venkatesh MJ, Wilton M, Warfa AM, Wyatt BN and Raut SA. 2021. Chronicling the Journey of the Society for the Advancement in Biology Education Research (SABER) in its Effort to Become Antiracist: From Acknowledgement to Action. Frontiers in Education. 6:780401. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.780401

Kukday S. 2021. Building a connected community within a course. CELT Teaching Brief.

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

Kukday S1, Manandhar S1, Ludley M, Burriss M, Alper B and Schmidt W. 2012. Cell permeable, small molecule activators of the insulin-degrading enzyme. Journal of Biomolecular Screening. 17(10): 1349-1362.

Krishnankutty R1, Kukday S1, Castleberry A, Breevoort S and Schmidt W. 2009. Proteolytic processing of certain CaaX motifs can occur in the absence of the Rce1p and Ste24p CaaX proteases. Yeast. 26(8): 451-63.