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Megha Khandelwal, PhD

Director, STEM Education Center Assistant Professor


  • 575 - 835 - 5470
  • López Hall 219


  • Ph.D. Chemistry and Molecular Biology, New Mexico State University, 2013
  • M.S. Industrial Microbiology, Devi Ahilya University, India, 2005
  • B.S. Microbiology and Chemistry, Devi Ahilya University, India, 2003
  • Secondary Teacher License from the State of Texas, 2015

Research Interests

  • Discipline-based education research to enhance STEM learning. 
  • Leveraging computational tools to promote STEM interest and learning.
  • Molecular mechanisms of microbial stress responses and antibiotic resistance.

Current Grants (Principal Investigator)

  • US Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science Program, NMT's Albuquerque high school projects (P047M230235) 2023-2028
  • US Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science Program, NMT's Socorro High School Project (P047M220350) 2022-2027
  • NM Higher Education Department's endowment award to create a STEM Education Center at NMT ($5 Million) 2022

Recent Publications

Khandelwal M., Apodaca T. "Impact of Mask Mandates on K-12 and Higher-Ed Teaching along with the Recomendation for Mask-Wearing during an Infectious Disease Outbreak" Education Science. 2022; 12(8):509.

Patidar, P.L., Viera, T., Morales, J.C., Singh, N., Motea, E.A., Khandelwal, M., and Fattah, FJ. "XRN2 Interactome Reveals its Synthetic Lethal Relationship with PARP1 Inhibition." Scientific Reports 2020; 10(1), [14253]. 

Edwards, L., Turner, D., Champion C., Khandelwal, M. et al., "Photoactivated 2,3-distyrylindoles Kill Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria" Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 28 2018; 1879-1886.