DTL Contacts
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Chris Perumalla, PhD
Director
M.Sc.1978, Osmania University, India
M.Sc.1981, Osmania University, India
Ph.D.1986, University of Toronto
(416) 978-7760
c.perumalla@utoronto.ca
Medical Sciences Building, Room 2288

Since 2005, Dr. Perumalla has been serving as the Director of The Division of Teaching Laboratories (DTL) in the Faculty of Medicine.  Under his leadership DTL strives to provide quality laboratory experiences to undergraduate students, exposing them to rapid advances in technology by incorporating cutting-edge research technologies into several existing lab courses in the Life Science programs.

Dr. Perumalla is a passionate and gifted educator.  He plays multiple roles in the Department of Physiology.  He lectures in two physiology flagship courses and two physiology lab courses, where students get to know him personally as they interact with him in these “hands-on” lab courses.  He is also an Undergraduate Academic Counselor and Teaching Assistant (TA) coordinator in the Physiology Department.
Dr. Perumalla obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Osmania University in India, and a second Masters and Doctoral Degrees from University of Waterloo, Canada.  He moved to University of Toronto for postdoctoral training in 1986, and it was during this period he discovered his passion for teaching.  He joined the Department of Physiology in 1993. 

Dr. Perumalla has been instrumental in creating the Faculty of Medicine’s Youth Summer Program (MED YSP).   The program provides high school students with an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine, medical research and other health science professional programs. In the past three years of its operation, MED YSP has impacted over 1200 high school students who have attended the program from 15 countries around the world.

In keeping with new paradigms in educating the “Net Generation”, Dr. Perumalla has been intristically involved in designing, developing and delivering the Faculty of Medicine’s first online course in Basic Human Physiology.  This online course is a full course equivalent course and is offered to non-U of T students in collaboration with School of Continuing Studies.  Several hundred students have already taken his online physiology course over the past three years.

Dr. Perumalla has been recognized for his significant contributions as an educator and visionary leader with several awards.  In 2010, Dr. Perumalla was the recipient of the Joan Foley Award, presented annually to a student, alumnus/a, faculty or administrative staff member who has made a distinctive and lasting contribution to enhancing the quality of the undergraduate or graduate student experience at the University of Toronto.  Furthermore, under his leadership, DTL was the recipient of the prestigious Northrop Frye award for linkages between teaching and research.  For his role as an educator, Dr. Perumalla received Faculty of Medicines most prestigious, W.T. Aikins Award in 2006 in the category of large classroom lecture delivery and the Life Sciences Undergraduate Excellence Award in 2007. He was also awarded the Physiology Departmental Excellence of Teaching Award in 1998, 2001 and 2006.

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