Dr Pankaj Mehrotra
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Dr Pankaj Mehrotra completed his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Applied Zoology from University of Delhi, India with a Gold Medal for securing first rank in University at Annual Examination. He further worked on molecular cloning undergraduate research projects funded by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India. He further pursued Master of Science in Integrative Genomics from Black Hills State University, South Dakota, United States of America funded by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. & National Institute of Health, Batheda. He worked on genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics research project at Centre for Conservation of Biological Resources as part of his master degree program and was also worked as a teaching and research assistant for undergraduate studies and also was involved in a science education teaching workshop as an teaching assistant organised by Center for the Advancement of Math & Science Education. His research findings were presented at regional and national conferences and secured second best poster prize at Branch Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Colorado. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences from Institute of Medical Sciences from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom funded by European Marie Curie Research Commission working on immunological properties of Candida albicans, Candida aureus and Candida haemunolii affected by differential expression of signal transduction genes. This early stage fellowship also involved a visit to collaborative fungal research laboratories in Spain, Germany and Denmark. His research finding has been presented at various international conferences. At Centre for Science and Mathematics Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, United States of America he was introduced with science education and worked as Lecturer for undergraduate course, again funded by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. He has published his research findings on Scientific and Science Education research in international journals.

He has also published a textbook on Biology – Fundamentals of Biology with an American Publisher Top Hat, Canada which has received an ISBN number. He is a member of Alumni of Marie Curie Research Fellow Association, US Department of State (International Exchange), Centre for Open Science, Virginia, United States of America and MERLOT Biology Board Editor, California. He has worked as a Middle Year and Diploma Program Biology Teacher for International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), University of Cambridge (IGCSE program) as a Biology Teacher, Lecturer of Biology at St Theresa International College, Thailand, Biology & Chemistry College Professor for Bard Early College in China and currently working as a Biology & Health Science Instructor of University of the People, Pasadena, California, Advanced Placement Biology & Chemistry Teacher for Aquinas International Academia, Garden Grove, California, Science Instructor at Virtual Career Institute International, Florida and Infectious Disease Professional & BioRiskReduction Instructor, California.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra is also Member of working group at:
  • Biology Board Reviewer for MERLOT, California
  • Speaker Selection Board Committee, Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research, California
  • Citizen Science Network, North Carolina.
  • BIOME, QUBES- BIOQUEST consortium funded by National Science Foundation.
  • STEM Ed Innovators, STEM Equity Leader profile with other leaders
  • IELOL Global Leadership 2024 program of Online Learning Consortium
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ASBMB Education Associate

Recently, he completed a STEM Equity Leadership course from STEM Ed Innovators. He has received PD certificates from STEM Ed Innovators ( STEM Teacher), HMMI-Biointeractive, AP Teach, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, POGIL, Classcipe and O2ASK. He is also a member of Collaborative Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Network - BASIL CURE & MDH CURE, and ASK BIO Faculty workshop on Assessment funded by National Science Foundation (Twitter blbiochem), Washington D.C.. Furthermore the ASK BIO2 Level 2 and ASK BIO Level 3 Faculty workshop and the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 of  BIOLOGY Faculty Certification by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.. Also completed the program "STEM Equity Leadership program from STEM Ed Innovators" (New York) and the synchronous course "Introduction to Science Policy & Advocacy" (US Science Policy & Advocacy) taught by Instructors from Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) (Maryland funded by Genetics Society of America).

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has received a certificate of participation to the Science is Wonderful! 2023 from the European Commission and participated in an European Commission funded Science Policy making workshop on June 20th, 2023. He also received a Peer Review Extraordinary Award in Biology from MERLOT Biology 2022, 2023 and 2024 California and Presidential Membership Award from Genetics Society of America. His biography was recently published in Pennsylvania - thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com. Also involved in presentations like The Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) Working Group 7 (June 1st and 2nd 2023) an in-person Learning Space for synchronous and asynchronous learning environment, both for ESL and non-ESL students.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra recently has been awarded by the Genetics Society of America from the Presidential Membership Initiative 2023 Presidential Members and he is nominated for New Outstanding Biology Teacher (OBTA) and AP Biology Teacher NABT awards. Also received a Certificate of completion for Science Policy and Advocacy course by Genetics Society of America the knowledge.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra on July 6-27, 2023 participated in the workshop "Addressing Challenges in Teaching Collaborative" by National Institute on Scientific Teaching.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra was selected as an Early Career Mentor by AMLE, Ohio and has received a funded membership at California Association of Science Educators (CASE) and selected as a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra recently received a membership to European Mycological Association  for his PhD research on Fungal pathogenesis and the publication of the ICARUS AI course on Medical Mycology.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra's 2023 & 2024 upcoming

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra recently delivered an oral presentation at "Excellence in Online Teaching Symposium". The topic of presentation was: "Innovate and create your own Virtual Learning Spaces (VLS) in asynchronous and synchronous learning environments".

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra recently completed a L-MAP ( Leadership in Management and Action Program) funded through the Presidential Membership Initiative Program of the Genetic Society of America.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra recently received membership to National Science Policy Network  https://www.scipolnetwork.org/ after completion of US Science Policy and Advocacy course.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has been accepted into the unique and highly prestigious IELOL 2024 US Stateside US Program offered by Online Learning Consortium, Boston.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has recently been the co-author of two publications as part of Faculty Mentoring Group.

  1. Revealing Hidden Figures in Natural History Collections Working Group 2023 Update! https://qubeshub.org/publications/4589/1
  2. Project Leadership Resources - Bringing Leadership Experiences into the Classroom https://qubeshub.org/publications/4606/1

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has recently published his first Biology Podcast under the leadership of Professor Phil Gibson. Podcast: https://qubeshub.org/publications/4631/1.

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has recently published his first learning journal assignment available for undergraduates. https://qubeshub.org/publications/4645/1

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has recently published his work on implementation of DEIJ practices in higher education learning environments. It is part of the collaboration between Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) and  The Institute for a Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM Education (RIOS). https://qubeshub.org/publications/4679/1

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra was recently selected as a reviewer by EURIZON. https://www.eurizon-project.eu/

Dr Pankaj Mehrotra has recently gave an oral presentation on Integration of Learning Activities, Resources and Technology in Science Learning Spaces at South Dakota Academy of Science (109th meeting).