Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy

Associate Professor & Head of Pathology

Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Manipal University, Manipal India

Research Fellow, JCU Cairns Institute.


B.Sc, MBBS, MD (Pathology), GCTT, PG Cert. Health Services Management. MBA in Educational Leadership.


Medical 1 (Building 39), Room 136, Townsville


07 4781 4566


07 4725 177



Current Projects

  • Medical Education Crisis: Problems, predictions, suggestions & discussion.
  • One-Man army - “Teaching Pathology using Technology Enhanced Cognitive Scaffolding” in a rural medical school.
  • In-class instant assessment using Electronic Student Response System.
  • “Winners Club” – concept for supporting and motivating weak students.
  • “Authors Club” – Motivating students to excel.
  • Digital Pathology Laboratory – For teaching pathology in distributed rural medical school.
  • Dynamic, student centred remote teaching of pathology using flash based interactive online lectures with assessment.
  • Innovative curriculum and delivery using Clinically Integrated teaching of basic sciences through Blended Adaptive Integrated Learning (BAIL) in preclinical years of undergraduate medicine.

Field of Interest

Medical Education, Pathology Education, Distance & Flexible Education, Tele-Pathology.


  • Young Pathologist of the year Award (Gordon Signey Foreign Fellowship) by World Pathology Foundation (1991). 1991
  • Faculty Citations for Outstanding contributions to student learning. James Cook University. 2011
  • National ALTC (Australian Learning & Teaching Council) award – citation for outstanding contribution to students learning. For Innovative Pathology Teaching in a Rural Med School. 2011. OLT website,
    JCU Media coverage on Teaching Innovations: Videos
  • UniQuest Trailblazer Australian University Innovations Award for innovations in teaching technologies. James Cook University. 2010 (Finalist) & 2011(Award).

Professional body affiliations

  • Foreign Fellow Member, College of American Pathologists. (FFCAP) 2009
  • Associate Fellow Member, Royal Australasian College of Pathologists (RCPA) 2014
  • Member, Royal Australasian College of Medical Educators (RACMA) 2005
  • Member, Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) 2009
  • Foreign Fellow Member – American Society of Clinical Pathologists. (FFASCP)
  • Affiliate member – College of American Pathologists. (CAP)
  • Member,  Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. (RCPA)
  • Member Royal Australasian College of Medical Educators (RACMA)

Personal social media links

Research profile

Dr. Shashidhar is a senior academic Pathologist working in teaching and research for over 30 years. His special interest is in medical pedagogy, rural medical education and technology in teaching. Recently he has been appointed as Adjunct professor of Pathology and Postgraduate examiner for research in medical education at Manipal University, India. He is research fellow at JCU Cairns Institute of Research and AITHM (Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine). He is member of several research teams. His recent research work is in molecular signals in macrophage function, carcinogenesis and diabetes in collaboration with diabetes research team at JCU, Townsville.

Recent publications: (selected)

  1. Experience with Problem Based Learning in MBBS course at Fiji School of Medicine Venkatesh M. Shashidhar, Joseph Flear, Neel Kamal Arora, Kamal Kishore and Sunita D. Pawar. Fiji Medical Journal Vol 1:2 2005. Main Author.
  2. The role of relaxed natural selection against colour blindness in producing extreme variation in X-chromosome photopigment gene number and sequence among individuals with normal colour vision [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(11), 53a, http://journalofvision.org/4/11/53/, doi:10.1167/4.11.53.Gunther, K. L., Bojar, J. A., Harrison, G. L. A., Shashidhar, V. M., Pawar, S. D., Neitz, J., & Neitz, M. (2004).
  3. Management of Obesity in the Elderly: Too much and Too Late?. RL.Kennedy, U.Malabu, M. Kazi, V. Shashidhar. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. (2008 Accepted for Publication).
  4. Free fatty acid receptors: emerging targets for treatment of diabetes and its complications" Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. October 2010 vol. 1 no. 4 165-175.
  5. Teaching pathology via online digital microscopy: Positive learning outcomes for rurally based medical students. Aust. J. Rural Health (2011) 19, 45–51.  Sundram Sivamalai, Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Tarun Sen Gupta and Torres Woolley. School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.
  6. Hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids regulate apoptosis in human THP-1 cells in a PPARγ-dependent manner. (PMID:25330944) Vangaveti VN, Shashidhar VM, Rush C, Malabu UH, Rasalam RR, Collier F, Baune BT, Kennedy RL Lipids [2014, 49(12):1181-1192].

JCU Media coverage on Teaching Innovations

Innovative pathology teaching using Keepads & Cognitive Scaffolding

Digital technology & Digital Pathology laboratory in JCU (world’s first)