Dr Pragna Rao

Dr Pragna Rao

Dean, Professor, Director, Medical Education Unit

Department of Biochemistry

My Name is Dr Pragna Rao, my profilePage is. I am aDean, Professor, Director, Medical Education Unitin Department of Biochemistry, KMC Manipal.
  • CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    Dr. Pragna Rao became the Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, affiliated to Manipal University, India in August 2017. She is an alumnus of the same college, having completed her MD and Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry there, after graduating from Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. Being a professor of Biochemistry, she also heads the Department of Medical Education and is in charge of a Center of Excellence in Inborn Errors of Metabolism, established by a grant awarded by the Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST), Government of Karnataka and supported by a generous grant from Grand Challenges, Canada. In her 30 years of working experience, she has divided her time between diagnostics, teaching, and research. Dr. Pragna Rao is a recognized Ph.D. guide and has more than 100 publications in the area of maternal and child health. Her publications focus mainly on biomarkers in endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, gestational diabetes, and endometrial carcinoma. She is also involved in establishing a newborn screening program to detect Inborn errors of metabolism in the local pediatric population. Dr. Pragna Rao serves as a certified lead assessor for the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

    Dr Rao’s interest in medical education and her several awards for good teaching motivated her to pursue additional qualifications and specialized training in this area. Dr. Pragna Rao is a Fellow of GSMC-FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education) and has completed the Basic and Advanced course in Medical Education conducted by the Medical Council of India in 2015. In 2017, she was selected for the prestigious International Fellowship for Medical Education (IFME), supported by FAIMER, to pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education specializing in accreditation and assessment. As a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow, she has extensively visited several institutes of higher education in the USA and also coordinates the “Universities of Chicago and Manipal Academic Initiative” She is currently involved with an Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development program which envisages providing free videos of medical lectures across the country.

    Dr Pragna Rao teaches MBBS and postgraduate students. She is 

    • Director of Medical Education Unit, KMC, Manipal.
    • Promoter of Scholarship, Research and Quality Assurance in Medical Education.
  • SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING
    Subject
    :
    Biochemistry
    Subject code
    :
    MBBS
    Year / Semester
    :
    1st and 2nd semester
    Subject
    :
    Biochemistry
    Subject code
    :
    MD
    Year / Semester
    :
  • EXPERIENCE
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    2010 till date
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, AP
    Designation
    :
    Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    10/02/2000 to 10/08/2010
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad
    Designation
    :
    Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    18/11/1997 to 14/11/1998
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    11/04/1996 to 10/04/1997
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Associate Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    09/02/1992 to 10/04/1996
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Assistant Professor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    09/02/1987 to 08/02/1992
    Institution / Organisation
    :
    KMC, Manipal
    Designation
    :
    Tutor
    Role:
    Tenure
    :
    01/08/1983 to 01/08/1986
  • CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    Dr. Pragna Rao became the Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, affiliated to Manipal University, India in August 2017. She is an alumnus of the same college, having completed her MD and Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry there, after graduating from Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. Being a professor of Biochemistry, she also heads the Department of Medical Education and is in charge of a Center of Excellence in Inborn Errors of Metabolism, established by a grant awarded by the Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST), Government of Karnataka and supported by a generous grant from Grand Challenges, Canada. In her 30 years of working experience, she has divided her time between diagnostics, teaching, and research. Dr. Pragna Rao is a recognized Ph.D. guide and has more than 100 publications in the area of maternal and child health. Her publications focus mainly on biomarkers in endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, gestational diabetes, and endometrial carcinoma. She is also involved in establishing a newborn screening program to detect Inborn errors of metabolism in the local pediatric population. Dr. Pragna Rao serves as a certified lead assessor for the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

    Dr Rao’s interest in medical education and her several awards for good teaching motivated her to pursue additional qualifications and specialized training in this area. Dr. Pragna Rao is a Fellow of GSMC-FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education) and has completed the Basic and Advanced course in Medical Education conducted by the Medical Council of India in 2015. In 2017, she was selected for the prestigious International Fellowship for Medical Education (IFME), supported by FAIMER, to pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education specializing in accreditation and assessment. As a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow, she has extensively visited several institutes of higher education in the USA and also coordinates the “Universities of Chicago and Manipal Academic Initiative” She is currently involved with an Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development program which envisages providing free videos of medical lectures across the country.

    Dr Pragna Rao teaches MBBS and postgraduate students. She is 

    • Director of Medical Education Unit, KMC, Manipal.
    • Promoter of Scholarship, Research and Quality Assurance in Medical Education.
  • SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING
    Subject Subject code Year / Semester
    Biochemistry MBBS 1st and 2nd semester
    Biochemistry MD
  • EXPERIENCE
    Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
    KMC, Manipal Professor 2010 till date
    Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, AP Professor 10/02/2000 to 10/08/2010
    Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad Professor 18/11/1997 to 14/11/1998
    KMC, Manipal Professor 11/04/1996 to 10/04/1997
    KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 09/02/1992 to 10/04/1996
    KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 09/02/1987 to 08/02/1992
    KMC, Manipal Tutor 01/08/1983 to 01/08/1986
  • AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH
    Areas of interest
    :
    Inherited Metabolic Disorders,Resource person in Medical Education Unit,Scholarship and Research in Medical Education,Quality Assurance in Medical Education,FAIMER faculty at GSMC-FAIMER, Mumbai
    Areas of expertise
    :
    Biochemistry Lab services
    Areas of research
    :
    Biochemistry
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
    • Life Member of AMBICON (Association of Medical Biochemists).
    • Life Member of ACBI (Association of Clinical Biochemists).
    • Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for best research publication, 1989.
    • Distinguished Alumni award, KMC Manipal, 1996.
  • AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH
    Areas of interest Inherited Metabolic Disorders,Resource person in Medical Education Unit,Scholarship and Research in Medical Education,Quality Assurance in Medical Education,FAIMER faculty at GSMC-FAIMER, Mumbai
    Areas of expertise Biochemistry Lab services
    Areas of research Biochemistry
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
    • Life Member of AMBICON (Association of Medical Biochemists).
    • Life Member of ACBI (Association of Clinical Biochemists).
    • Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for best research publication, 1989.
    • Distinguished Alumni award, KMC Manipal, 1996.