Sayali Kukday

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Dr. Kukday received her MS in Biochemistry from The Institute of Science, Mumbai, India. She then travelled across the world to the University of Georgia, where she received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was a Instructor and Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Georgia. She joined the the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology as a Lecturer in 2013.

Research Description

I use several evidence-based teaching strategies in my classroom including team-based learning, project-based learning, and learning through case studies. I am currently involved in Biology Education Research. I am interested in studying the development of science literature identification and evaluation skills in students using project-based interventions. I have also recently become interested in harnessing the power of games to enhance student learning of biological concepts. Games are a source of enjoyment for most age-groups, but they can also be incredibly useful tools in the learning environment.


Biol 212 – Principles in Biology II (Fall and Spring)
Biol 212 XW – Principles in Biology II (Online; Spring and Summer)
Biol 212 Lab – Principles of Biology II Lab (Faculty-in-Charge)


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: 
Evidence-based teaching strategies
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