Malhar Khushu (G3, Catteruccia/Wirth Lab)

Where are you from and what do you enjoy most about your hometown?

I was born and grew up in New Delhi, in India! It’s known for its rich history and richer food, and I miss the urban wildlife in and around where I grew up.

What is your research focused on?

My research focuses on the transmission of drug-resistant malaria parasites through their mosquito vector, and how these parasites scavenge nutrients and grow during their time in the mosquito.

What is your favorite part of your research?

I really enjoy taking care of all the living things under my care! Some mosquitoes, a couple petri dishes of parasites, some bacteria, and (these days) frog eggs! I have also been doing different types of microscopy, and I’m enjoying being able to visualize my parasites growing in their different environments. I also really enjoy when my labs discuss their work, and we get to really dissect the molecular mechanisms of parasitism by malaria in the mosquito, as well as the techniques these parasites use to evade drug-pressure!

How do you relax when you’re not working?

I like to take care of my plants and cook food with/for my friends! I enjoy tramping through Boston’s green spaces looking for birds and bugs! Since coming to Boston, I have also been really enjoying the vibrant music scene, and have spent far more than I should have on concert tickets.

Tell us about an activity outside of lab you’re involved in and why it’s important to you.

I’m involved in the HGSU-UAW, in their International Scholars Working Group, advocating for international students to the admin, building resources for students new to the US, and fostering a community space to ensure international students don’t feel alone. I’m also involved with Science by the Pint, a Harvard student run science outreach group under Science in the News. We hold monthly gatherings in pubs around the city where people can come hang out with scientists and learn about their work!