Animal Science

Dr Nidhish Francis

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

Lecturer in Animal Physiology
Wagga Wagga
Building 294 Room 102

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.

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)

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
  • 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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