Dr Pankaj Mehrotra completed his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Applied Zoology from University of Delhi, India with a Gold Medal for securing first rank in University at Annual Examination. He further worked on molecular cloning undergraduate research projects funded by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India. He further pursued Master of Science in Integrative Genomics from Black Hills State University, South Dakota, United States of America funded by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. & National Institute of Health, Batheda. He worked on genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics research project at Centre for Conservation of Biological Resources as part of his master degree program and was also worked as a teaching and research assistant for undergraduate studies and also was involved in a science education teaching workshop as an teaching assistant organised by Center for the Advancement of Math & Science Education. His research findings were presented at regional and national conferences and secured second best poster prize at Branch Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Colorado. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences from Institute of Medical Sciences from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom funded by European Marie Curie Research Commission working on immunological properties of Candida albicans, Candida aureus and Candida haemunolii affected by differential expression of signal transduction genes. This early stage fellowship also involved visit to collaborative fungal research laboratories in Spain, Germany and Denmark. His research finding has been presented at various international conferences. At Centre for Science and Mathematics Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, United States of America he was introduced with science education and worked as Lecturer for undergraduate course, again funded by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. He has published his research finding on Scientific and Science Education research in international journals. He has also published a textbook on Biology – Fundamentals of Biology with an American Publisher Top Hat, Canada which has received an ISBN number. He is a member of Alumni of Marie Curie Research Fellow Association, US Department of State (International Exchange), Centre for Open Science, Virginia, United States of America and MERLOT Biology Board Editor, California. He has worked as a Middle Year and Diploma Program Biology Teacher for International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), University of Cambridge (IGCSE program) as a Biology Teacher, Lecturer of Biology at St Theresa International College, Thailand, Biology & Chemistry College Professor for Bard Early College in China and currently working as a Biology & Health Science Instructor of University of the People, Pasadena, California, Advanced Placement Biology & Chemistry Teacher for Aquinas International Academia, Garden Grove, California, Science Instructor at Virtual Career Institute International, Florida and Infectious Disease Professional & BioRiskReduction Instructor, California.
He is also Member of working group at: Biology Board Reviewer for MERLOT, California Speaker Selection Board Committee, Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research, California Citizen Science Network, North Carolina. BIOME, QUBES- BIOQUEST consortium funded by National Science Foundation.
Recently, he completed a STEM Equity Leadership course from STEM Ed Innovators. He has received PD certificates from STEM Ed Innovators ( STEM Teacher), HMMI-Biointeractive, AP Teach, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, POGIL, Classcipe and O2ASK. He is also a member of Collaborative Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Network - BASIL CURE & MDH CURE, funded by National Science Foundation, Washington D.C and ASK BIO Faculty workshop on Assessment funded by National Science Foundation. He also received Peer Review Extraordinary Award in Biology from MERLOT Biology, California and Presidential Membership Award from Genetics Society of America. His biography was recently published in Pennsylvania - thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com