PhD Student, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
Lalitha Sundaram works in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge, in the Parasitology Division, where she currently co-ordinates the research programmes of the Ajioka and Micklem labs. Her PhD research explored host cell metabolic and small RNA changes following infection by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, using a combination of bioinformatic, next-generation sequencing and molecular biology tools.
Beyond the bench, her interest is in the relationship between international development and scientific research, with an emphasis on the role played by intellectual property protection. Within this area, her aim is to work towards ensuring that research communities in low-and middle-income countries can gain the same access to the very latest research tools and resources, not to mention publications, as their peers elsewhere.
Lalitha holds a MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she specialised in genetics.