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Manju Bhat

Position: Dean Department: College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education (CASBE)

Contact Info

Office: Carolina Hall, Suite 130 Phone: 336-750-2214


Manju Bhat (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University) is Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. He also serves as the Hanes Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and  Associate Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biological Sciences. Formerly, Dr. Bhat served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. A native of India, Dr. Bhat obtained his undergraduate degree in Veterinary medicine (Karnataka Veterinary College, India) and master’s in pharmacology degrees from Indian Veterinary Research Institute and University of Alberta. His doctoral research work in Physiology focused on investigating the structure-function relationship of calcium release channels and skeletal muscle physiology. Prior to joining WSSU in 2008, Dr. Bhat was a research faculty at Cleveland Clinic where he conducted research on the pathophysiology of pain mechanisms. His primary research interest is to investigate the role of calcium and calcium channels in sensory physiology and anesthetic-mediated regulation of pain signaling pathways. Dr. Bhat is also interested in teaching and learning technologies, STEM education, and the value of data analytics tools (e.g., EAB Navigate) to improve student retention and success. He teaches undergraduate courses in Anatomy & Physiology.

Educational Background

  • PhD, 1997, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH U.S.A.
  • MSc, 1993, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • MVSc, 1989, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar, India
  • BVSc, 1986, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India

Research and Project Interests

  • Mechanisms of Calcium Signaling in Sensory Neurons Anesthetic-mediated Regulation of Calcium Signaling