Education and teaching

Kaushik K, Zinjarde S. An Interactive, Accessible and Affordable Science-Art Based Activity to Foster Team-Building among New Students. J Microbiol Biol Educ (2020).

We describe a hands-on science-art based activity organized as part of an orientation program for new students at our institute. Based on developing team-building skills and serving as an ‘ice-breaker’ for incoming students, this activity aims at creating a composite piece of art work depicting a scientific theme. In our experience, this activity is well-suited for implementation and improvisations as a collaborative, time-and cost-effective tool for new student engagement in a classroom setting.

The entire activity was executed at a cost of ~$1.50 (INR 100) per participant!

We thank the 2019-2024 batch of students for their participation, enthusiasm and for bringing the activity to life.

Karwa S, Kadam S, Kaushik K (2020).

How do Scientists develop antibiotics? Front. Young Minds.

In this article written for young minds, we explain how antibiotics, commonly used for bacterial infections, are developed from the laboratory to the pharmacy.

Kadam S, Kaushik K (2020).

From Ouch to Ah-ha! Understanding Wounds, Healing and Infections. Front. Young Minds.

In this article written for young minds, we explain the ABCs of wound infections, stages of wound healing and how bacteria can delay this process.

Courses taught/developed at university of Pune

Vaccines (IBB, SPPU)

Basics in Virology (IBB, SPPU and Dept. of Microbiology, SPPU)

Laboratory exercises in Animal Biodiversity

Human Physiology (laboratory and theory)

Professional Development (scientific writing, literature review, social media as a professional tool, powerpoint presentations, poster designing, and more)