About the Department

The Department of Physiology was founded in 1953 and is one among the first departments established in KMC Manipal. Postgraduate training programme leading to M.Sc. in Physiology was introduced in 1967 and the M.D Physiology programme was introduced in 1976. Over the years, the department of Physiology has contributed a number of academicians whose legacy is well known in the field of Physiology. The department is actively involved in implementing innovative practices in teaching and learning. Many PhD scholars have completed their PhD in field of Physiology from the department 


Faculty in the department have qualified doctorates in the field of Physiology. Each faculty has further diversified in an area that interests them which has contributed to the varying research profile of the department. Over the years, various laboratories to support research and diagnosis have been established. The Neurophysiology lab was established in collaboration with industry. The Autonomic function lab is involved in diagnosis. The current primary areas of research involvement in the department include neurophysiology, autonomic function testing, sports physiology, image analysis, and animal research. The postgraduate students are trained for a career in academics, research and diagnostics.


Adjunct Faculty


Adjunct Faculty


Dr.  Vidyadhara D J, M.Sc.- Medical, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate & DoD Early investigator Depts. of Neurology & Neuroscience Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven




PhD Awarded/Ongoing


Mr Priyesh C

2017 batch

Services Offered

Academic training: Apart from training 1st M.B.B.S, the department trains students of BDS, yoga therapy and Biomedical engineering students. The department runs an MD physiology and a two-year M.Sc. physiology training program and takes classes for MDS and MD ophthalmology students.   The department also offers elective courses.

Diagnostic: The AFT lab provides an assessment of Heart rate variability and offers diagnostic reports for Cardiac autonomic function tests that include Sinus arrhythmia, Valsalva Ratio, Isometric Handgrip tests and Orthostatic test (OST). 



Through various public, private partnership projects, the department has handled several research projects funded by various national agencies in various fields of physiology, medicine and health care.


Department: Physiology – List of ongoing projects











Sl No

Title of the grant

Granting agency

Principal Investigator/co-investigator

Duration of the project






Development of affordable Smart walker /gait trainer for Cerebral palsy children


Principal investigator: Dr Sivakumar

02/04/2019 to 25/08/2021.




Development of 2nd Generation Urinary Incontinence training device


Co- investigator Dr Sivakumar

15/02/2020 to 15/02/2022




Development of Non-contact Health Screening Kiosk for COVID19 patients

MAHE_Philips innovation center

Co- investigator Dr Sivakumar

16/11/2020 to 31/12/2022




Neuroprotective effect of virgin coconut oil on experimentally induced Parkinson disease in adult rats as


Principal Investigator : Dr Manjula S D

Co- investigator : Dr Vasanthalaxmi K

Jan 2021- June 2022






Top 5 publications in last 2 years

v Priyesh C, Suryavanshi CA, Sasidharan A, Bhandary R, Behere RV, Nayak KR. A combined stimuli presentation for assessing facial emotion related N170, N250 and visual mismatch negativity in neuropsychiatric disorders. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2021 May 1;59:102639.

v Impact of readiness assurance process and faculty feedback on individual application exercises: a model for continuous assessment in physiology. Kirtana Raghurama Nayak, Dhiren Punja, and Chinmay Suryavanshi. Adv Physiol Educ 44: 509–515, 2020;

v Micro-Raman spectroscopy analysis of optically trapped erythrocytes in jaundice Sanu Susan Jacob, Aseefhali Bankapur, Surekha Barkur, Mahendra Acharya, Santhosh Chidangil, Pragna Rao, Asha Kamath, R Vani Lakshmi, Prathap M Baby, Raghavendra K Rao Frontiers in Physiology 11, 821 Publication date 2020/7/10

v Computerized morphometric analysis of eryptosis Sanu Susan Jacob, Keerthana Prasad, Pragna Rao, Asha Kamath, Roopa B Hegde, Prathap M Baby, Raghavendra K Rao Frontiers in Physiology 10, 1230 Publication date 2019/9/24

v Serial blood volume estimation in rabbits using trivalent chromium–An exploratory study Prathap Moothamadathil Baby, Pramod Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Sanu Susan Jacob, Dinesh Rawat, VS Binu, Kalesh M Karun, Nishanth B Bhat MethodsX Volume 6 Pages 1068-1071 Publication date 2019/1/1




Achievements till date

·        In 2018, the department had organized a national conference in Physiology (APPICON 2018) in collaboration with Department of Pharmacology.

·        The Department has an industry collaboration with Axxonet System Technologies, Bangalore which has helped setup the The Manipal Axxonet Human Neurophysiology Lab