Samiksha (Sami) Raut headshot.

Samiksha (Sami) Raut

Assistant Professor
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Campbell Hall 104
(205) 934-9680

Research and Teaching Interests: Undergraduate STEM Education, Future STEM Faculty Training, Service-Learning, Sustainability

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Nagpur University, Biology
  • M.S., Nagpur University, Biology
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Environmental Toxicology

Dr. Raut is a broadly trained biologist with an emphasis on Environmental Toxicology. She started at UAB in 2012 as one of the primary course masters for Introductory Biology. Prior coming to UAB, she was a tenure track faculty at Dalton State College. Besides Introductory Biology, she is involved in teaching non-majors microbiology and biology. Her teaching philosophy is focused on creating an all-inclusive classroom by introducing cutting- edge pedagogical techniques with an active emphasis on team-based learning, sustainability, and service-learning. Outside the classroom, she enjoys interacting with the undergraduates and also serves as a faculty advisor for Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society and recently got nominated to lead a new student organization, Disabilities Advocates Club.

Dr. Raut is also involved with CIRTL UAB in the training of future STEM faculty members and has successfully designed two new courses for this program. She serves as a shadowing mentor for graduate students and post-docs. Additionally, Dr. Raut also serves as a mentor for special topics in biology.

Research Interests

  • Society for the Advancement of Biological Research
  • Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education
  • American Society for Microbiology

Recent Courses

  • BY 123: Introductory Biology I
  • BY 124: Introductory Biology II
  • BY 101: Topics in Contemporary Biology
  • BY 261: Introduction to Microbiology
  • BY 695-02 (Special Topics): Bio I-CIRTL
  • BY 696-02B: CIRTL Service Learning Workshop

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year for Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society, 2018
  • Deans Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
  • Disability Support Services Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society
  • ROSE Network, co-founder
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • American Fisheries Society, Physiology Chapter
  • North American Society of Comparative Endocrinology
  • Alabama Academy of Science

Student Groups

  • Faculty Advisor, International Rescue Committee
  • Faculty Advisor, Disabilities Advocates Club
  • Faculty Advisor, Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society, UAB
  • Member, Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Member, Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society


Undergraduate Students

  • Anna Jones
  • Daniel Mendoza
  • Rachel Rock
  • Tam Tran

Graduate Students

  • Effie Nicke