Department of Pharmacology | K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Mangaluru


The Department of Pharmacology is involved in teaching undergraduate students and was sanctioned Postgraduate course (MD) in the year 2011 with an intake of four seats per year.

The department is well-equipped teaching laboratories, demonstration rooms with audio-visual aids, museum with 88 charts and 204 exhibits, model, departmental library and a research laboratory. It houses an Institutional Animal House with facilities to breed small animals. Pharmacology department is also actively involved in establishing and expanding KSHEMA herbal garden in association with botanist from Pilikula Nisargadhama.

The research facilities available in the department include an Animal Operating Room equipped for microscopic surgeries, Psychoneuropharmacology, Cardiopharmacology laboratories, Ethnopharmacology unit, CNS Pharmacology. The department also has functioning Pharmacovigilance Cell which is actively involved in monitoring and reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions to nearby ADR Monitoring Centre and also trains health care professionals in reporting ADRs.






Dr.Rajendra Holla

Professor & Head


Dr. Sachidananda Adiga M.N.



Dr. Ravichandra V

Associate Professor


Dr.Swathi Acharya

Asst. Professor


Dr.Manohar G.Revankar

Asst. Professor


Dr. Deepa B

Asst. Professor


Dr. Divya Bhargavan



Mrs.Rojin T.S.



Dr.Advaitha M V



Dr. Sangeethanath Sharma



Dr.Mangala S



Dr.HalmondMelroyd D’Souza





Academic activities and Publications

Ongoing Research Projects:
  1. “Evaluation of neuroprotective effect of Mucuna prurience and Convolvulus pluricalis combination verses levodopa/carbidopa on rotenone induced parkinsonism in albino mice- A comparative study”. By Dr. Rajendra Holla , Dr. Gangadhara Swamy M S
  2. “Synergestic effect of bio-active components of barley, brown rice, oats, wheat and sorghum (brows) - in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders (inflammatory bowel diseases and peptic ulcer)” by Dr. Rajendra Holla , Mrs. Sainu Susan Oommen.
  3. Comparing the effect of Acacia catechu and Adhatoda zeylanica on biochemical, genomic and histopathological changes seen in streptozotocin and gentamicin induced nephrotoxicity in rats by Dr. Rajendra Holla , Ms. Prima D’souza
  4. Comparative study of antidiabetic activity of Swertia chirata extract with metformin and pioglitazone on indinavir induced diabetes in albino rats by Dr. Rajendra Holla, Mr. Rajesh C S
  5. Evaluation of anti-aging effects of exercise, diet and pharmacological interventions on Wistar albino rats by Dr. Ravichandra V, Mr. Sriram B S
  6. Assessment of UGT1A6 polymorphism in paediatric epileptic patient of coastal Karnataka region on sodium valproate monotherapy and their association with efficiency and toxicity by Dr. Sachidananda Adiga M N, Mr. Nandit P Banawalikar
  7. Effect of tacrolimus in alcohol induced cognitive impairment - a pre- clinical study by Dr. Deepa B, Mr. Lakshmanan
  8. “Study of prescription patterns of fixed-dose combination in cardiology department at a tertiary hospital, mangalore” by Dr. Divya Bharagavan, Ms Rosmitha Paulose
  9. Assessment of potential drug -drug interactions in patients receiving cancer chemotherapy by Meenu P M, Dr.Swathi Acharya
  10. Associative and causative factors leading to drug resistant malaria in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Dr. Ravichandra V, Dr. Deepa.
  11. Molecular mechanisms involved in the ameliorating effects of Nardostachys jatamansi and Valeric acid on anxiety of alcohol withdrawn wistar albino rats. Dr. Deepa.
  12. Effect of Withnia somnifera extract on cyclophosphamide induced testicular toxicity Ms. Divya Bhargavan.
  13. Evaluation of anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic activity of coriander seed essential oil in wistar albino rats. Dr. Swathi Acharya
  14. Role of coconut water on anxiety and GABA levels in wistar albino rats. Dr. Deepa, Mr. Lakshmanan S.
  15. Effect of Punica granatum extract on learning and memory in rats. Ms. Divya Bhargavan Ms Rosmitha Paulose
  16. Evaluation of Student Led Objective Tutorials with Traditional Tutorials in Undergraduate Pharmacology teaching in a Indian Medical School. Dr. Sachidananda Adiga M N, Dr. Swathi Acharya

Award & Achievements:
  1. Dr. Nitasha Bhat G M, Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. Secured First Place in "Mullerquest- 2014, The Intercollegiate Postgraduate Lecture Contest" on "Recent Advances In Pharmacology" organised by Department of Pharmacology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
  2. Dr. Deepa B, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, has been awarded Ph.D by Nitte University for her work entitled Behavioral Effects Of Nardostachys Jatamansi On Whole Body Electron Beam Irradiated Mice under the guidance of Dr. Satheesh Rao, Dr. Suchetha Shetty
  3. Dr Kiran A Kantanavar, Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. Study titled "A Comparative Study to Evaluate the Effects of Pyridostigmine and Metformin on Blood Glucose Levels in Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Albino Rats" won First prize under oral presentation category @ 8th National conference of Indian Society of Rational Pharmacotherapeutics, held @Raigarh, Chattisgarh.
  4. Dr. J Vikshitha Rao , Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. 8th National Conference, Indian Society For Rational Pharmacotherapeutics Right for Patient Right For Nation JIPMER Award for Best poster Presentation