Dr Kirtana Raghurama Nayak


Department of Physiology


    Dr Kirtana Raghurama Nayak teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students.


    • Liaises with Dean/Associate Deans.
    • Is involved in overall day-to-day administration of the department.
    • Coordinates specific academic activities of the department.
    • Prepares of annual budget and infrastructure requirements of the department.
    • Reviews department activities.
    • Prepares and implements teaching schedules.
    • Initiates curriculum development, modification etc.
    • Organizes academic activities such as guest lectures, seminars etc.
    • Guides postgraduate students in academic activities.
    • Sets question paper sets for the University.
    • Also prepares department for reviews and inspection by statutory bodies such as MCI, ISO, NAAC.



Subject Semester / Year
Medical Physiology 1st and 2nd semester
Medical Physiology


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MD Physiology Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 2007
MBBS Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellur 2002


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Professor Mar 2020 till date
KMC, Manipal Professor and Head 2015-Feb 2020
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 2011 to 2015
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 2007 to 2011
KMC, Manipal Tutor 2004 to 2007

Efficacy and perceived utility of podcasts as a supplementary teaching aid among first-year dental students.

2013-01-01 Dhiren Punja Murali Dhar

The effectiveness of self-directed learning (SDL) for teaching physiology to first-year medical students

2014-01-01 K Raghavendra Rao Dhiren Punja Asha Kamath

A Lecture in Medical Physiology- PowerPoint versus Chalkboard

2014-01-01 Rekha Prabhu Girish Prabhu Shrilatha

Team-based learning as a teaching strategy for first-year medical students

2014-01-01 Dhiren Punja Shivananda N Kalludi Raghavendra K Rao Murali Dhar


Area of Interest

Cardiovascular Physiology, Immunology

Area of Expertise

Recording Electrical Signals with Data Acquisition Systems. Preparation of Everted Gut Sacs to Study Intestinal Transport.

Area of Research

Neurophysiology EEG, Event related potentials, Autonomic function assessment

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Life Member of APPI, 2008.

Rat averted intestinal segments demonstrate that fasting is a regulator of uptake and metabolism of glucose


Indian J Physiol Pharmacol, 54(1) : 89-91, 2010.

Comparative study of nutritional status of elderly population living in the home for aged vs those living in the community


Biomedical Research 2011; 22 (1): 120-126.

Acute effects of deep breathing for a short duration 2-10 minutes on pulmonary function in healthy young volunteers


Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2011; 55 (2) : 154–159.

Immunology and Nobel Prize- A love story


Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2012; 56 (1): 1-6.

Gum Arabic enhances par cellular transport of water in amphibian averted small intestinal segments


Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013; 57(2) : 62–65.

Effect of Red Bull energy drink on auditory reaction time and maximal voluntary contraction


Critical analysis of red bull energy drinks on muscle performance and reaction time in healthy student volunteers

2014-01-01 Vartika Goel

In summary, the present study was aimed at investigating the effect of Red Bull Energy drink (RB) on muscle endurance and fatigue. The Auditory reaction time (ART) was recorded to detect the enhancement in attention component of cognition. After one hour of intake of the drink, maximum isometric force (MVC) and electromyogram (EMG) were recorded from the dominant hand using Biopac Systems. The Red Bull energy drink (caffeine at 2mg/kg body weight) showed a significant delaying effect on fatigue during isometric contraction and improved auditory reaction time compared to control drink.

Assessment of feasibility of a brief cognitive assessment scale in measuring the cognitive dysfunction in patients with Schizophrenia: A pilot study

2014-01-01 Niranjan Karthik Senthil Kumar

To find effect of binaural beat rhythm on neuropsychological measures and brain wave entrainment in healthy volunteers