Dr. Manoj Kannan

Associate Dean, Academics and Student Wellbeing

Associate Professor, Plaksha University

Area of Expertise

Discipline-based education research

Research Interests

  • Discipline-based education research
  • Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning
  • Epigenetics


  • Ph.D. in Genetics, BITS Pilani

 Past Associations

  • Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani
  • Doctoral Researcher, National Cancer Institute, Frederick


Dr. Kannan joined Plaksha University after spending close to 15 years teaching various courses in biological sciences and introductory courses in computer programming at both the Dubai and Pilani campuses of BITS Pilani. He has also been providing academic counseling, mentoring and student support - activities which are close to his heart. For his PhD, he worked at the National Institutes of Health, Maryland in the area of epigenetic control of mammalian transposons. His current research focuses on biology education research, with a special emphasis on Integrated Course Design using Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning. He has also worked on devising and implementing novel assessment strategies that foster effective learning, and has been a resource person for faculty development programs held for universities and schools, which he continues to do as part of the initiatives of the Collaboratory for Innovation in Education at Plaksha.