Cellular and Molecular Biology for Ayurveda: Online, 15-hour certificate course

Monday, 23rd November to Friday, 4th December

Exclusively for Ayurveda students, faculty and practicing vaidyas


23 Nov 2020 – 4 Dec 2020
5pm – 6:30pm daily (Excluding Sat & Sun)

Course Description

This course will introduce modern concepts of cellular and molecular biology for those engaged in Ayurveda. Learn about the science that underpins a curated list of biomedical research techniques and how it can be applied specifically to understand Ayurveda in contemporary terms. The course will provide knowledge on selected topics (see below) that are not part of the regular AYUSH curriculum, but have wide applicability in biomedical diagnostics and research.

This course is completely online. Links to reading materials for each lecture will be provided. Sessions will be recorded and these along with lecture PPTs will be made available. No reference handbook or lecture notes will be provided.

Participation in quizzes and assignments is voluntary. However, only those who complete these will be eligible to receive a certificate.


For those pursuing bachelors or masters’ level AYUSH medical courses, faculties and practicing physicians. Although the course has an Ayurveda focus, all AYUSH trainees (Bachelors & MD) may apply.


Day 1 Basic microbiology, antimicrobial theory and detection.
Day 2 Systemic signalling, Inflammation, ELISA test
Day 3 PCR, RT-PCR (for COVID-19), Prakruti and genomics
Day 4 How science publishing works, PCR demo
Day 5 Cancer genetics, Gut Microbiome
Day 6 Model systems: from cells to model animals.
Day 7 Molecular, cellular and human studies to understand mode of action in Ayurveda
Day 8 Ayurveda biology: Brain health and disease
Day 9 Ayurveda biology: Diabetes
Day 10 Ayurveda biology: Nutrition & Dietetics

Course Output

Each participant will be given a certificate along with the syllabus. To qualify for the certificate, a participant must complete all quizzes and assignments within the prescribed times.

Course Fees and Registration

  • Pay the fees using Google pay/NEFT transfer. Make a note of the transaction/ reference number. You will need this to complete the registration form.
  • Valid student ID number is required to claim a subsidised rate.
  • Registrations received without payment information will be considered incomplete.
  • Fill the following online registration form.

Class size is limited to 40 participants.

Students (those enrolled in BAMS/MD/PhD courses, should have valid ID): Rs 1770
Rs 1500 + 18% GST.

Non-students: Rs 2950
Rs 2500 + 18% GST

Kindly pay the full amount by online NEFT/ Google pay transfer. Account Details below:

Account Name: UTD-HST General Fund
Bank Name: IDBI Bank
Account Number: 0694104000134705
Bank Branch: Yelahanka New Town, Bengaluru-560064
IFSC: IBKL0000694, MICR: 560259014

Course Lecturers

Dr. Ashwini Godbole

Dr. Ashwini Godbole Ph.D

Dr. Ashwini Godbole works in the field of Ayurveda and Neuroscience. She completed her PhD and a Postdoc in biophysics and cell biology from National Centre for Biological Sciences. She is currently Senior Assistant Professor at Centre for Ayurveda Biology and Holistic Nutrition, TDU. Her groups’ research is focused on promotion of cognitive health and holistic treatment of neurodegenerative diseases through integration of concepts and practices from Ayurveda and modern biomedicine. Our group includes biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and Ayurvedic scholars. The research spans from community (cognitive enhancement) and clinic based research to laboratory based mode-of-action research using Caenorhabditis elegans models of memory, aging and neurodegeneration

Dr. C N Vishnu Prasad

Dr. C N Vishnu Prasad PhD

Dr. C N Vishnu Prasad is an Assistant Professor at TDU. He leads the metabolic health workstream at the Centre for Ayurveda Biology and Holistic Nutrition. He has a PhD from Amrita University, Kerala and more than 10 years of research and teaching experience at universities in India and South Korea. He is interested in transdisciplinary research in Ayurveda Biology and the focus area is diabetes and whole body glucose homeostasis. His lab uses cell based models for studying how Ayurveda concepts and multicomponent therapeutics regulate body’s glucose homeostasis and fat metabolism. The team is interested in understanding the role of gut in glucose metabolism and how the concept of Agni in Ayurveda can be explored for management of diabetes and associated metabolic diseases.


Megha PhD

Megha got her PhD in Biochemistry and Structural Biology from Stony Brook University, New York. She is an Assistant Professor at Centre For Ayurveda Biology and Holistic Nutrition. Her lab works in the area of malnutrition, with keen interest in developing resources to address public health nutrition. With Dr Madhumitha Krishnan she currently runs a course called “Introduction to Ayurveda dietetics” which seeks to raise the awareness of food in Ayurveda and how it can be integrated with modern biochemistry. Her lab is currently exploring how early life malnutrition alters adult gut function, gut microbiome and immunity using Drosophila as a model system. Website: : http://tdu.edu.in/faculty/megha/

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