Dr Sareesh Narayanan Naduvil
Sareesh is a dedicated, resourceful, and innovative Senior Lecturer. He has 15+ years of experience in teaching, research, and administration to PGDip in International Medical Sciences, MBBS, BDS, B Pharm, and Paramedical students. He has research expertise in varying fields like human physiology, neuroscience, bio electromagnetics, and medical education. He has also published more than forty peer-reviewed research papers. Sareesh supervises postgraduate research projects, functions as an international examiner to adjudicate PhD theses and actively collaborates with researchers from Finland, India, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
Sareesh provides Physiology education to the PGDip in International Medical Sciences students of the AUC UK-Track MD Program through medical cases, lectures, small group teaching and flipped classroom sessions. He also functions as co-module lead for both Integrated Clinical Medicine 2 (ICM-6) module and Endocrinology & Reproduction (E&R) module. Sareesh also actively participate in experimental and pedagogical research works here.
Sareesh is proficient in teaching all areas of Physiology, administering with the aim of imparting complete holistic education augmented by a strong knowledge base in problem-based learning (PBL), team-based learning (TBL), self-directed learning (SDL) and Flipped teaching (FT).
Sareesh held faculty positions at Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal. He taught human physiology to MBBS, BDS, and Paramedical students for about ten years. In this role, he held responsibilities as a curriculum integration committee member, Chief PBL coordinator, Curriculum development committee member, Mentorship scheme coordinator, Library coordinator, and Physiology coordinator for the BDS program. Before joining us, he was an Associate Professor and Module Director for the Neurology and Behavioural Sciences module at the Ras Al Khaimah College of Medical Sciences, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, UAE, where he spent nearly six years. In this role, he held positions as, Director of the central animal house facility, Physiology coordinator for B Pharm/BDS courses, Curriculum committee member for Basic Sciences, University examination committee member, and Secretary to the research ethics committee. He also guided more than forty students toward the completion of their research projects.
Sareesh brings a high degree of vitality and a refreshing pedagogic approach to his job. A few examples of these innovations are "Student-Involved Demonstrations", "Role-Playing Lecturing", "PechaKucha Talks", "TAG-Game", and "Real-Life Scenario Blended Teaching". Many of these have been published in reputed peer-reviewed journals like Advances in Physiology Education and Teaching and Learning in Medicine. He has been consistently rated by students as one of the best teachers in the institutions that he has served.
Sareesh is on the editorial board for EC Psychology and Psychiatry and on the Review Editorial Board for Frontiers in Public Health - Radiation and Health, where he regularly contributes scholarly reviews in addition to contributing as a reviewer for more than twenty-three international journals. He has contributed to reviewing research grant proposals for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG), New York, USA, and National Science Centre, Poland. He is active in medical education research with a focus on innovative active teaching and learning methods.
- PhD Physiology, Manipal University, 2013
- MSc Medical Physiology, Manipal University, 2007
- BSc Zoology, University of Calicut, 2004
- Certificate course in Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Methodology, Manipal University, 2009
- “Abstract of Distinction” award at the APS2023, by American Physiological Society, Teaching Section in 2023
- “Outstanding Researcher in Physiology” award by the Venus International Foundation, India in 2021
- "Certificate of appreciation" from Manipal University for excellence in teaching in the year 2016 & 2014
- "Dr. T.M.A. Pai Gold Medal" for Outstanding Medical Research from Manipal University in 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016
- "1st prize" for making the best audio-visual teaching material from Manipal University in 2011
- Electromagnetic biology
- Learning and memory
- Medical education
- Life Member of Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN)
- Regular member of American Physiological Society (APS)
Sareesh’s research experiences have been in the areas of physiology, electromagnetic biology, medical education, and effects of environmental factors, plant extracts/products on the brain & behaviour in rodent models. Topically, his doctoral research address questions on the biological effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation. It explores "radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) exposure induced behavioural changes and their cellular basis in rats". The objective of this work was to evaluate the potential impact of 900MHz RF-EMR on behaviour, brain morphology, and brain biochemical indexes in adolescent rats. As a part of this study, anxiety, place preference behaviour, contextual fear conditioning, and spatial learning and memory were evaluated in prepubescent rats following RF-EMR exposure. He primarily focused on DNA strand breaks, apoptosis, and dendritic arborization patterns in hippocampal CA3, central and basolateral amygdala neurons in the histochemical study. These were correlated with oxidative stress parameters and caspase-3 activity in the blood and brain. While executing these projects, he had the opportunity to work on PanLab-Harvard apparatus SMART (version 3.0, Super pack) & PanLab SHUTAVOID software for various animal behaviour video tracking, NEUROLUCIDA software (for neuron tracing), and Human and Animal Physiology System and Lab Tutor 4 Teaching Suite (AD Instruments) and Olympus-CellSens software for cell measurements/counts.
Another integral part of his research activity is the scholarship in medical education. Particularly on developing and disseminating innovative teaching-learning methods. A few examples are; Real-life scenario blended approach; for nurturing inquisitive learning of the central nervous system in medical students, TAG-Game; a novel pedagogical approach to demonstrate neuromuscular transmission to medical students, Student-involved demonstration approach; to teach the physiology of vestibular apparatus for undergraduate medical students, Role-playing lecturing; a method for teaching neuroscience to medical students, Modified directed self-learning and PechaKucha talk sessions in physiology and Cartoon lecturing; A simple method for making Visual Physiology teaching more interesting. The data from these works have been published in reputed peer-reviewed international journals.
Sareesh had the privilege of guiding a number of student research projects towards their successful completion. He established the Central Animal Research Facility at his former institution and become the first in charge of the facility which included animal breeding facility, experimentation rooms and a behavioural neuroscience lab. Sareesh is an active reviewer for several international journals and to name a few are; Frontiers in Public Health, PLOS ONE, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Archives of Medical Research, Physiology & Behaviour, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, etc. Sareesh also functions as an external reviewer for evaluating grant applications submitted to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG), New York, USA, and National Science Centre, Poland.
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- Physiology, Neuroscience
- Electromagnetic biology
- Medical education
- Effect of early life positive experience on maternal separation and isolation stress
- induced changes in brain and behaviour
- Appraisal of the factors that determine optimal staining of neurons in a modified Golgi-Cox staining method and its efficacy on various brain preparations
- Effect of strobe light on brain and behaviour in adolescent rats
- Effect of tactile stimulation on hippocampal and amygdala cytoarchitecture and behaviour in peri adolescent rats
- RAKMHSU Research grant, 2021
- Apex India Research Grant (Co-Investigator), 2019
- Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Ad Hoc Research grant, 2012
- Travel Grant, School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, 2011
- Seed Money, Manipal University, 2011
- The American Physiology Summit, 2023
- CUSAT-NUS Joint International Conference on Biotechnology and Neuroscience (CUSBAN 2016), 2016
- XXXIII Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Neurosciences, 2015
- Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India conference, 2014
- South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP-3) conference, 2012
- Neuroscience Symposium organized by the NeuroMalaysia Society, 2011
- 22nd Annual Conference of the Physiological Society of India (PSI) and 2nd Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP), 2010
- 27th Annual conference of Indian Academy of neurosciences, 2009
- 6th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), 2009
- International Conference on Advances in Neurosciences and XXVI Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences, 2008
- 13th Annual conference of Physiological Society of India, 2006
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