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Dr Rachna Aggarwal

Dr Rachna Aggarwal Dr Rachna Aggarwal
Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 211
Phone 08 9266 2647

Brief Summary
















Dr Rachna Aggarwal embarked on the teaching journey 27 years ago. Having been associated with Curtin University for the last 15 years, she is currently the course coordinator for Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course (IPMHSEC) and was teaching Chemistry in Curtin College.


  • Envisaged and developed IPMHSEC exclusive for indigenous students as an alternate pathway to Medical School and Health courses at Curtin. Working religiously for its effective implementation in 2017.
  • Effectively coordinated tasks to develop a well recognised fully online ITEC course with timeliness and creativity.
  • Pursued comprehensive research in the development of novel teaching methodology including Game based Learning and Digital Story Assessment funded by TEDF and e-scholar.
  • Designed curriculum and created resources for proliferation of indigenous students in health sciences in a culturally appropriate environment.
  • Collaborated with overseas academia in designing Aboriginal astronomy adventure game to be incorporated as student learning resource.
  •  Published and presented research papers in national and international conferences; awarded for the best poster in 2016.
  • Versatility exhibited in being a member of more than one faculty, and inculcating creativity in teaching with strong work ethics.
  • Perceived as approachable lecturer, with an interactive teaching style that stimulates student involvement while facilitating learning.
  • Committee member to review papers in STEAM conference.
  • Implemented new retention strategies, such as staff mentoring program and use of badges in class to recognise the soft skills of the Indigenous students.





Conference Articles (Research)


Journal Articles (Research)

  • Aggarwal, R., R. Giles, I. Green, J. Oosthuizen, and P. Taylor. 2005.“Syntheses in enantiopure form of four diastereoisomeric naphthopyranquinones derived from aphid insect pigments.”Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 3: 263-273.


Journal Articles (Research)

  • Aggarwal, R., A. Birkbeck, R. Giles, I. Green, Y. Gruchlik, and F. Oosthuizen. 2003.“Regioselectivity in the Synthesis of Enantiopure 2-Benzopyrans through Intramolecular Cyclization of Tethered Lactaldehydes. Confirmation of the Products.”Australian Journal of Chemistry 56 (5). In press.
  • Aggarwal, R., A. Birkbeck, C. de Koning, R. Giles, I. Green, S. Li, and J. Oosthuizen. 2003.“The importance of peri-interactions in determining the half-chair conformation of the dihydropyran ring in 2-benzopyrans Stereochemical consequences.”Tetrahedron Letters 44: 4535-4538.


Journal Articles (Research)

  • Ahluwalia, V., R. Chandra, R. Aggarwal, and S. Singh. 1987.“Base Catalysed Condensation of Acetone with Uracil Derivatives: One Step Synthesis of Pyranopyrimidines.”Synthetic Communications 17 (12): 1435-1440.
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