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.
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.