Aparna Palakodeti

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  Office Location: F1300
  College: CAS

Biology - Bachelor of Science
Division of Science Mathematics and Technology
Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology



Anatomy & Physiology


"My doctoral thesis investigated the role of DNA replication on chromosome breaks at regions known as fragile sites. I followed this up with a postdoctoral fellowship where I investigated the crystal structure of a ligand of an immune cell known as Gammadelta T cell. My second postdoctoral fellowship involved the study of potential biomarkers of pancreatic cancer that could be identified in pancreatic cysts. I joined GSU as a lecturer in 2017 and have immensely enjoyed interacting with the diverse group of students here. I teach a variety of Biology courses that include Animal Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, and Toxicology.

My goal as an instructor is to act as a guide in enabling learning to occur and to provide my students with resources that ensure success in the classroom and beyond. At GSU, I am involved in research that aims to identify how the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus induces and evades an immune response by the host. I am also the faculty advisor for the student-run pre-health club that aims to provide a networking platform for students interested in a career in health professions."

- Aparna Palakodeti