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Brinda Govindan

Faculty in Lecturer
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B.S. 1989 Biology, Cornell University; Ph.D. 1995 Cell Biology, Yale University
At SFSU Since: 
HH 128
Office Phone: 
(415) 405-3279
Courses taught: Introduction to Microbiology and Public Health lecture (BIOL 210) and laboratory (BIOL 211), General Microbiology Lab (BIOL 402), and BIO 211 Lab Coordinator


"I am thrilled to have found my niche teaching full time since 2004 at SF State!

Brinda joined the Department as a part time lecturer in 1999 while working as a consulting scientist for Proteome, Inc.  Throughout her research career, she has been interested in functions of the cytoskeleton in diverse systems such as T cells, yeast and frog oocytes.

Awarded a three year Damon Runyon postdoctoral research grant, Brinda worked as a postdoc in Dr. Ron Vale's lab at UCSF.  While actively involved with the Science Education Partnership, she directed a wide variety of hands-on lab activities with students in the San Francisco Unified School District.  She has also taught Histology, Pharmacology and Cell Biology labs to medical students.

Brinda was selected for the 2009 Biology Scholars Program (funded by the NSF) and conducted research in improving undergraduate microbiology education at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute. 

She edited the first edition of the Annual Editions in Microbiology (available through McGraw-Hill) published in August 2009.

Brinda enjoys developing undergraduate instructional materials, sharing popular science writing with students and colleagues, and serving as a reviewer for McGraw Hill and Pearson. 

Brinda can be contacted at