Dr. Nikita Mirajkar completed her BVSc & AH (DVM equivalent) from Bombay Veterinary College, India, after which she received a PhD in Toxicology from Oklahoma State University. Subsequently, Dr. Mirajkar joined the faculty of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP), where she taught students in the PharmD program for 11 years.
Dr. Mirajkar's teaching portfolio covered courses at all levels of pharmacy student education, with a strong focus on physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. She also designed, developed and taught a popular elective of veterinary pharmacy. In additional to traditional lecture-based didactic teaching, she has employed a variety of active learning strategies, including clinical case-based learning, problem-based learning, modified flipped class sessions, modified team-based learning, Top Hat and in-class team-based competitions, among others. Dr. Mirajkar was able to use these instructional strategies to effectively engage her students across multiple campuses, to overcome the challenges associated with distance learning.
During her teaching career, Dr. Mirajkar has won several teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Faculty, and Most Influential Professor awards. In addition to these, she has also received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching and President’s Excellence in Teaching awards.
In 2019, Dr. Mirajkar joined PCOM South Georgia as an associate professor of pharmacology. She currently teaches pharmacology in a number of courses throughout the first and second years of the DO curriculum.
Mirajkar, N.S., 2014. Dimethoate. In: Wexler, P. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Toxicology, 3rd edition vol 2. Elsevier Inc., Academic Press, pp. 155–157.
In vitro sensitivity of cholinesterases and [3H]Oxotremorine-M binding in heart and brain of adult and aging rats to Organophosphorus anticholinesterases. Mirajkar N and Pope CN. Biochemical Pharmacology, 2008 Oct (15); 76(8):1047-58.
Comparative effects of oral Chlorpyrifos exposure on cholinesterase activity and muscarinic receptor binding in neonatal and adult rat heart. Howard MD, Mirajkar N, Karanth S, Pope CN. Toxicology, 2007 Sep 5;238(2-3):157-65.
Effects of acute chlorpyrifos exposure on in vivo acetylcholine accumulation in rat striatum. Karanth S, Liu J, Mirajkar N, Pope C. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2006 Oct 1; 216(1):150-6.
Nikita Mirajkar & Carey Pope, Dimethoate, Page 47-49 in Encyclopedia of Toxicology Second Edition (P. Wexler ed). Elsevier Press, San Diego, CA (2005)
Effects of combined, multiple stressors on pyridostigmine-induced acute toxicity in rats. Baireddy P, Mirajkar N, Nallapaneni A, Singleton N, Pope CN. Archives of Toxicology, 2007 Apr; 81(4):283-9.
Nikita Mirajkar & Carey Pope, Dichlorvos, Page 13-15 in Encyclopedia of Toxicology Second Edition (P. Wexler ed). Elsevier Press, San Diego, CA (2005)