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Anveshna Srivastava


Anveshna Srivastava

Research Scholar (Since August 2009)
The Learning Sciences Research Group (
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai, India
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  • Masters in Biochemistry, 2008.
  • Bachelors in Botany (H), 2006.

Other: Qualified GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) with Life Sciences in 2009.

Supervisor: Sanjay Chandrasekharan

Thesis title: The cognitive role of external representations in understanding DNA structure. 



SRIVASTAVA, A. (2016). Building mental models by dissecting physical models. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 44(1), 7-11.


Book Chapter


  • SRIVASTAVA, A., & Ramadas, J. (2013). Analogy and Gesture for Mental Visualization of DNA Structure. In D. Treagust & C. Tsui (Eds.), Multiple Representations in Biological Education (Vol. 7, pp. 311-329). Netherlands: Springer Netherlands.



  • SRIVASTAVA, A., & Ramadas, J. (July, 2011). Using Analogy and Gesture for Mental Visualization of DNA Structure. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education.  Bryant University, RI, USA.
  • SRIVASTAVA, A., Srivastava, N., & Chandrasekharan, S. (April, 2014).  Measure concept-mapping, not concept-maps: Procedural analysis elucidates stages in students' understanding of biology concepts. Paper  presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, USA.
  • Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Geetanjali Date, Prajakt Pande, Jeenath Rahaman, Rafikh Shaikh, ANVESHNA SRIVASTAVA, Nisheeth Srivastava, Harshit Agrawal(July, 2015). _Men See Eye to I: Males Can Recognize Their Own Eye  Movements. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting. Pasadena, California (USA). 
  • SRIVASTAVA, A. & Chandrasekharan, S. (September, 2015). Building mental models by dissecting physical models. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). Helsinki, Finland.
  • SRIVASTAVA, A. & Chandrasekharan, S. (July, 2016). How external  representations of a biological concept change learners' internal representations. Paper presented at the National Meeting of Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). University of Minnesota, MN, USA.
  • SRIVASTAVA, A., Srivastava, N., & Chandrasekharan, S. (August, 2016). Order of element placement in physical concept-mapping reveals differences in subject matter comprehension. Poster presented at the Spatial Cognition conference. Philadelphia, USA.


 Science Communication

 SRIVASTAVA, A. (June, 2013). 'Back to basics: the structure of DNA'. Teacher Plus. Accessible at-

SRIVASTAVA, A. (November, 2014). 'Drawing out the structure of DNA'. Teacher Plus. Accessible at-

SRIVASTAVA, A. (April, 2016). 'Dissect three-dimensional models'. Teacher Plus. Accessible at-

Selected Talks/Presentations:

Report of the (Yashpal) Committee on Higher Education. Seminar Discussant at HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai (August, 2009).

Exploring embodiment through the looking glass of Grammaticalization. At Summer School of NIAS, Bangalore (July, 2012).

Case for epistemic actions. 'On distinguishing epistemic and pragmatic actions'. At the Annual Research Meet of HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai (April,

Molecules and Modeling. Invited talk organized by National Children's Science Congress, Mumbai (February, 2012).

 'EteRNA' – a game with a purpose. Seminar talk at HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai (August 1, 2013). Popular Article:

SRIVASTAVA, A. (July, 2016). _“__1__0 things I've realized ever since I became a mother”__. _Youth Ki Awaaz. Accessible at- [4]


'_Decoding DN__A: Model building & Model dissection'_ for biology undergraduate students. The workshop was held at HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai on
October 5, 2014.


Gordon Research Conference Developing Country Grant (USA), 2011.

Spatial Intelligence & Learning Centre (SILC) Grant (USA), 2011.

Department of Science and Technology (DST) Travel Grant (India), 2012.


Resource person for Resource Generation Camp (RGC) organized by the Association of Teachers in Biological Sciences (ATBS) at HBCSE, TIFR,
Mumbai (August, 2011). This resource is used for Biology Olympiads.

Reviewer for Journal of Biological Education (2015).

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