Louie Ravanelli, Contributing writer

Mercyhurst was searching to fill a new position in the Biology department this past summer. They were fortunate enough to employ assistant professor, Rajinikanth Mohan, Ph.D.
Mohan joins Mercyhurst with an extensive background in the field of biology. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in his field of study.

Mohan is a research specialist in the area of plants. He has completed extensive amounts of research on plants and their specific mechanisms in response to disease. Mohan most recently gave a captivating seminar on “Cell Suicide in Plants as a Mechanism of Disease Resistance.” He grew up in Chennai, India.

He completed his undergraduate degree at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. When asked why he decided to go there, he said, “They were strong in the sciences”
His past jobs include being a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University, former professor of Biology at Hamilton College and most recently an assistant professor of Biology at Colgate University.

Mohan has enjoyed Mercyhurst so far. He especially liked Hurst Day.

“I really like the student diversity on the campus and the amount of people returning to get their degrees,” Mohan said.
His advice to incoming freshman, “You must graduate. We are always here to help you.”

Mohan’s hobbies include playing cricket and traveling.
Mohan shares a motto with Mercyhurst, “Carpe Diem.”

Mohan encourages you to visit him during his office hours. He’s always happy to help you.

Mohan has a strong passion for his students. He wants each student to succeed and grasp the material.
Mohan has high expectations for each student and will help guide you in the learning process.

He makes dull material entertaining through his classroom activities. Mercyhurst is very lucky to have him on staff.
Welcome to Mercyhurst!