Gautam Ullal, MBBS, MAMS, PhD
Dr. Gautam Ullal has been teaching neuroscience at AUC since November 2016. He is the Lead for Semester Four and Chair of Basic Medical Sciences. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, in 1979. He then completed his postgraduate residency training in neurology and psychiatry from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. He then earned his Ph.D. in neurosurgery at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan.
He has been teaching medical students for the last 35 years. His teaching styles have included traditional lecture-styled, problem-based active learning as well as integrated-system approaches. He first commenced his teaching career at Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India in 1982 where he served as a Chair and Head of the Department of Physiology. He has also taught medical students, postgraduate neurology residents, and undergraduate students at McMaster University-Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Hamilton, Canada. He subsequently worked as the Course Director for Neuroscience, Systems and Diseases and Foundations of Clinical Medicine at Medical University of Americas, Nevis-West Indies.
His primary field of research has been epilepsy. His investigations have dealt with clinical aspects, Molecular Biology and Neural Network Modeling of kindling and epilepsy, Hot Water Epilepsy, and novel therapeutic approaches for seizure suppression and control. He has received several awards in research and medical education and has published several international peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters. He is on the editorial boards of journals in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Medical Biology.
Over the last decade, he has also been actively involved in the Canadian National and International “Brain Bee” competitions for high school students organized by the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) and McMaster University, Canada. He introduced Brain Bee among the High School students in Sint Maarten by organizing the First AUC-Sint Maarten Brain Bee competition in November 2019.