Sayali Kukday

Associate Teaching Professor
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Dr. Kukday received her MS in Biochemistry from The Institute of Science, Mumbai, India. She then traveled to the University of Georgia, where she received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating, she became an 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, project-based, game-based, and case study-based learning. My current focus is in the field of Biology Education Research. I am interested in studying the development of science literature identification and evaluation skills in students using project-based interventions. My interests also include harnessing the power of games to enhance student learning of biological concepts. Games are a source of enjoyment for people of most ages, but they can also be incredibly useful educational tools in biology.


Biol 212 – Principles in Biology II (Fall and Spring)
Biol 212 XW – Principles in Biology II (Online; Spring and Summer)


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 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