Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Nidhish Francis

Dr Nidhish Francis

BVSc.& A.H., MS, PhD., GCLTHE

Nidhish holds a veterinary science degree from India and Masters from University of Connecticut, USA. His Master's research focused on identifying the role of a transcription factor, Tbox-2, in bone formation using a cell culture model.  After working in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Connecticut for 2 years, he moved to Australia and completed his PhD in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne. His PhD project focused on identifying the role of protease-activated receptor-2 in periodontal disease using transgenic mice. Nidhish joined Charles Sturt University in March 2017 as a Lecturer in Animal Physiology where he teaches animal and veterinary physiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in veterinary science, animal science, equine science and veterinary technology.

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Teaching Philosophy

Dr.Francis uses a blended learning approach with face to face lectures, online resources, video recordings and other activities to ensure student engagement while teaching. He believes that teaching should be more of a dialogue than a monologue and it greatly depends on student-content, student-teacher and student-student engagement.

Current subjects being taught

  • ASC223 – Animal Growth and Development (Subject Coordinator & lecturer)
  • VSC113 – Fundamentals of veterinary Biology (Lecturer)
  • ASC171 – Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Lecturer)

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Research interests

  • Nutraceutical approaches to improve animal production
  • Identifying the health beneficial properties of cereals and pulses
  • Developing cell culture models on inflammation, diabetes, obesity and other metabolic diseases

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  • Member of Australian Grain Science Association
  • Member of Australia and New Zealand Bone Mineral Society
  • Member of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

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