Dr. Sheila Prabhakar Abraham

Professor of Biology sabraham@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in General Biology, University College for Women (India)
MS in Zoology, Osmania University (India)
PhD in Entomology, Kansas State University


Dr. Sheila Prabhakar Abraham was born and raised in Hyderabad, South India. She received her bachelor’s degree in general biology, after which she completed her MS in zoology with a specialization in entomology. Dr. Prabhakar Abraham was awarded two gold medals for her scholarship and excellence in zoology and entomology. She came to the United States to pursue a PhD in entomology, which she received in 2006 from Kansas State University. Her research focused on the physiological and molecular processes in the digestive tracts of beetles that feed on stored food products; she studied protease enzymes in the midguts of Tenebrio molitor (yellow mealworms). Dr. Prabhakar Abraham’s research was funded through the CSREES and completed at the USDA ARS-GMPRC in Manhattan, Kansas.

She has refereed publications in journals including Cell Biology International, Insect Molecular Biology, Physiological Entomology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Bioinoculants for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, and Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. In addition to her doctoral research, Dr. Prabhakar Abraham had an opportunity to be part of two other research projects — protein digestion in the red oak borer and host plant resistance to green bugs. Dr. Prabhakar Abraham traveled widely, presenting her research at several professional conferences including the annual national and regional ESA conferences and won several awards and scholarships.

Dr. Prabhakar Abraham joined SEU in 2006 and finds it an absolute privilege to journey alongside faculty and students in their pursuit of excellence. From leading students on field visits to local conservation lands to creating a healthy atmosphere of debate and discussion in the classroom, Dr. Prabhakar Abraham loves being around students. At Southeastern, Dr. Prabhakar Abraham teaches the following classes: Life Science, Zoology, Ecology, Bioethics, and Cell and Molecular Biology. Her research interests include life science, molecular biology, insect physiology, medical entomology, and bioethics.

Brief Highlights

  • Received the R. C. Smith Scholarship Award, 2006
  • Received the Don C. Warren Genetic Fund Scholarship, 2006
  • Received the R. H. Painter Scholarship Award, 2005
  • Received first place in the Eugene Dehner Award, 2005