University of West Georgia
Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Host Institution in India:
Acharya Nagarjuna University
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Duration of Grant:
Dr. Satyanarayana Swamy Mruthinti, is an Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics and Professor of biology at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. He obtained his Ph.D. in zoology from M.S. University, Baroda, India in 1982. He emigrated to USA in 1986 and worked his way up in the academic ranks, initially at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA and currently at University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. His is actively involved in multiple research projects in biomedical sciences including diabetic and aging complications of eye, Alzheimer's disease, structure-function relationship of aquaporins and metal binding properties of antibiotics. He published about 38 peer-reviewed publications, contributed 6 book chapters and secured research grants from NIH and NSF. Currently he is involved in improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education through changes in pedagogy and content delivery using hands-on approach, inquiry-based learning and web-2 technologies. He authored a book chapter on making chemistry and biology relevant to everyday life. He is the Co-PI in a major grant which is focused on helping incoming freshman to succeed in STEM majors and also preparing Science and Mathematics teachers.
As a Fulbright-Nehru fellow Dr. Mruthinti will share his experience as a researcher and professor while teaching a biotechnology course in India. During his tenure as a teacher and researcher in the United States for the past 25 years, he has gained insights into American pedagogical practices, particularly "inquiry-based learning." He plans to teach an introductory course in biotechnology to graduate students at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India (ANU). The course involves five basic exercises: public health, virology and immunology, proteomics and bioinformatics, drug discovery, and intellectual property and patenting. Dr. Mruthinti believes that as a teacher and researcher he can contribute his own perspective to the university classroom while expanding his own personal understanding of contemporary India.