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Madhav Nepal




Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 249D
Biology & Microbiology-Box 2140D
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


• Ph.D. (Biology) Kansas State University, USA
• HBX-CORE, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA
• M.S. (Biology), University of Northern Iowa, USA
• B.Sc. (Biology/Botany), Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Academic Interests/Expertise

Systematics, bioinformatics, comparative genomics and plant population genetics

Academic Responsibilities

• General Biology-Honors (BIOL 151/L; until Fall 2019)
• General Botany (BOT 201/201L: Spring)
• Biology Survey II (BIOL 103/103L; Spring, until 2012)
• Evolution (BIOL 373; Fall, until 2015)
• 7-12 Science Methods (SEED 413; Fall)
• Molecular Plant Physiology (BIOS /PS 664; Spring)

Committee Activities

• SDSU Faculty Senate (President, 2021-2022)
• SDSU Faculty Senate (Vice President, 2020 -2021)
• Natural Science Discipline Council (Chair, 2018-Current); Biology Discipline Council (Ad-hoc; Fall 2013) (For System Academic Affairs, South Dakota Board of Regents)
• SDState Representative, WICHE- Interstate Passport Initiative (Natural Sciences Group, Spring 2015-Current) (For System Academic Affairs, South Dakota Board of Regents)
• F. O. Butler Foundation Trustee (May 2019-Current)
• SDSU HLC-NCA Accreditation Steering Committee
• SDSU Academic Appeals Committee (Fall 2018-Current)
• SDSU International Committee (Chair- Fall 2016-Spring 2018; member 2015-2016)
• SDSU Honors College Faculty Advisory Committee (Fall 2016-Current)
• SDSU CETL Advisory Council (Fall 2016-2020)
• SD Science Advisory Council (Spring 2017-Current)
• Dept. Representative to Teacher Education Faculty (TEF; 2009-current), Academic Appeal Committee CEHS (2014-current); Dept. Curriculum Committee (until summer 2016);

Awards and Honors

• FO Butler Excellence in Teaching (2021)
• Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award for Outstanding Service to Teaching Section of the Botanical Society of America (2018)
• Honor Society of Agriculture (Gamma Sigma Delta) Past President Recognition (2017)
• Honor Society of Agriculture Distinguished Service Award (2017)
• Edward Patrick Hogan Award For Teaching Excellence (2016)
• Sigma Xi Past President Recognition (2015)
• National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2015 National Academies Northstar Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology)
• Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award (SD Honor Society of Agriculture; 2014)
• Tom Cheesbrough Excellence in Teaching Award (Dept. of Biology and Microbiology, SDSU; 2014)
• Lee Olson Travel Award (Dept. of Biology and Biology, SDSU; 2014)
• 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award nominee (Biology and Microbiology Graduate Student Association)
• 2014 CE Bessey Teaching Award nominee (Botanical Society of America)


• NSF RCN-UBE: The Wokini Undergraduate Biology Education Network (Heiberger & Nepal; 2021-2022)
• NSF Synthetic Biology (Butzin, Nepal, Fernandez; 2019-2024)
• NSF REMAST Phase-III (Vestal, Nepal, Browning, Miller and White; 2020-2025)
• NSF Synthetic Biology (Butzin, Nepal, Fernandez; 2019-2024)
• USDA-NIFA; FAST-REEU (Nepal, Bott-Knutson, Janaswamy, Mathew and White; 2018-2022)
• South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotional Council (with F. Mathew, 2017-2018)
• USDA-NIFA; iLEARN (Nepal, White, Browning and Miller; 2016-2019)
• USDA-NIFA; AES Hatch Fund (Nepal; 2013-2018)
• DOE/SDBOR; Science and Technology Resources for Engagement Activity Modules (STREAM) (Browning, Nepal and Miller; 2015/2016)
• NSF-REMAST Robert Noyce Scholarship Program –Phase II (Vestal, Nepal, Browning, Miller and Bertolini; 2014-2016)
• South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotional Council (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
• Department of Education-SD Board of Reagents (SETI^2, SETI^2-PhaseII)(Browning, Nepal and Miller; NCLB, Title II Grant) 2012/13 and 2013/2014
• NSF-REMAST Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (Vestal, Nepal, Browning, Emo and Miller; 2007-2012)
• SDSU Academic and Scholarly Excellence Initiative (Miller, Nepal, Browning, Vestal and Emo; 2010-2011)
• USDA Forest Service (2010-2012)
• SDSU Research Scholarship Fund 2010 (2009-2010)

Professional Memberships

• Botanical Society of America-Teaching Section Chair (Elected; 2015-2018)
• Botanical Society of America- Vice Chair & Program Director (2012-2015)
• American Society of Plant Biologists-member
• Sigma Xi Chapter President (2013-2014)
• SD Honor Society of Agriculture President (2015-2016)
• AAAS Member (2014-current)

Creative Activities

• Founding Faculty Member of Institute for STEM Education Enhancement (ISEE@SDSTATE)
• Founding Faculty Adviser of Bio-Micro Graduate Student Association (BMGSA)
• Principal Investigator/Project Director- FAST@SDSTATE; an externally funded project aligned to Wokini Initiative to serve Native American students)
• Principal Investigator/Project Director-iLEARN@SDSATE; an externally funded PD program for K-12 science teachers from both public and private (including BIE) schools
• Co-Principal Investigator, NSF-funded REMAST Program that provides $10,000 scholarships/year for the students pursuing teaching degrees in Math and Science Education ((PI:S. Vestal)
• Co-Principal Investigator, NSF-funded Synthetic Biology project titles "Using a queueing framework to explore the design principles of synthetic circuits in microorganisms" (PI:N. Butzin)

Area(s) of Research

Plant Systematics, Molecular Phylogenetics and Comparative Genomics

Applications of Research

• Advancement of knowledge (Plant Evolution)
• Plant species identification and management (Biodiversity and Conservation):
• Stress responsive gene identification and characterization (Crop Improvement)