Diviya Ray

Diviya Ray

Technical Instructor

Diviya Ray works with department faculty to teach and provide instructional support for Biology undergraduate lecture and lab courses.



Room 68-120D


Diviya Ray completed her PhD in Cancer Biology from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, studying 9-O acetyl sialo-glycoconjugates as biomarkers in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She then joined Yale University as postdoc, where she investigated the cellular biology involved in the cardio-protective effect of estrogen in premenopausal females. Subsequently, she served as an instructor at Boston University, exploring the cellular and biochemical pathways that contribute to renal ischemia. In addition to her research, Diviya also supervised many high school and undergraduate students and discovered her passion for teaching. She started teaching General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at Bay State College and Simmons College as an adjunct faculty member, before joining MIT’s Department of Biology as a technical instructor in 2007.

Over the years, Diviya has been on the instructional team of introductory Biology courses such as 7.013, 7.012, 7.016, and 7.014. Working closely with the professors, she designs the problem sets, recitations, and exams for these classes, maintains their websites, and holds office hours, pre-exam review sessions, and lectures as needed. She proctors and grades exams with teaching assistants (TAs), hires tutors and graders for classes, conducts staff meetings, and above all works as a liaison between the students, TAs, and professors. Both 7.013 (Spring 2013) and 7.016 (Fall 2014) are also available at MITOCW at no cost to internet users around the world. Diviya also coordinates the 7.01 lottery and proctors the Biology Advanced Standing Exam. She has been involved in training TAs and creating a TA training manual that explains strategies for teaching students from different majors.

In addition to working at the Department of Biology, Diviya has also served as a research scientist for MIT’s STAR group and developed curricula using their different software tools. She has also worked as an instructor for the MOSTEC Neuroscience course and Teaching and Learning Lab. Furthermore, she continues to participate in outreach programs for middle and high school students at MIT Biology and the Koch Institute.

In 2017, Diviya received the Infinite Mile Award from the School of Science for her contributions to undergraduate teaching at MIT Biology. Along with Professor Hazel Sive, Diviya also received the 2015-2016 Alumni Class Funds to launch innovative educational projects that impact undergraduate education. These funds have been used to design and launch Pre-7.01, a refresher course for undergraduates on campus and on MITx

Key Publications

  1. Lithium activates the Wnt and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Akt signaling pathways to promote cell survival in the absence of soluble survival factors. Sinha, D, Wang, Z, Ruchalski, KL, Levine, JS, Krishnan, S, Lieberthal, W, Schwartz, JH, Borkan, SC. 2005. Am. J. Physiol. Renal Physiol. 288, F703-13.
    doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00189.2004PMID:15572521
  2. Inhibition of ligand-independent ERK1/2 activity in kidney proximal tubular cells deprived of soluble survival factors up-regulates Akt and prevents apoptosis. Sinha, D, Bannergee, S, Schwartz, JH, Lieberthal, W, Levine, JS. 2004. J. Biol. Chem. 279, 10962-72.
    doi: 10.1074/jbc.M312048200PMID:14701865
  3. Investigation of 9-O-acetylated sialoglycoconjugates in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Mandal, C, Chatterjee, M, Sinha, D. 2000. Br. J. Haematol. 110, 801-12.
  4. Membrane estrogen receptor engagement activates endothelial nitric oxide synthase via the PI3-kinase-Akt pathway in human endothelial cells. Haynes, MP, Sinha, D, Russell, KS, Collinge, M, Fulton, D, Morales-Ruiz, M, Sessa, WC, Bender, JR. 2000. Circ. Res. 87, 677-82.
  5. Human vascular endothelial cells contain membrane binding sites for estradiol, which mediate rapid intracellular signaling. Russell, KS, Haynes, MP, Sinha, D, Clerisme, E, Bender, JR. 2000. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 97, 5930-5.
    doi: 10.1073/pnas.97.11.5930PMID:10823945
  6. Identification of 9-O acetyl sialoglycoconjugates (9-OAcSGs) as biomarkers in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia using a lectin, AchatininH, as a probe. Sinha, D, Mandal, C, Bhattacharya, DK. 1999. Leukemia 13, 119-25.