Dr. Sushmita Jha
My formal journey in science started at the St. Joseph's college of arts and science, Bangalore where I completed my undergraduate degree, BSc in Microbiology, Chemistry, and Botany. I next traveled to the MS University Baroda for an MSc degree in Biochemistry. My journey brought me to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) where I completed my Ph.D. from the Dept. of Cell and Molecular Physiology. During my Ph.D., I elucidated a novel inflammasome-dependent pathway for inflammation and demyelination in the brain. After completing my postdoctoral training at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care, I joined IIT Jodhpur in 2012. At IIT Jodhpur our laboratory focuses on understanding innate immunity, inflammation, and tumor biology.
My research and teaching interests have been fostered by education, research, teaching, and mentoring at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, M.S University Baroda, and St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science, Bangalore. During this time I have been trained in cell and molecular physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and immunology. These diverse experiences have helped shape my research and teaching as a broadly trained scientist and educator. My scientific vision is to apply my research skills to studies of complex neurological disorders for therapeutic interventions and train future scientists (graduate, undergraduate, and high school level students) in the scientific process. I enjoy teaching interdisciplinary students and sharing my enthusiasm for science education and research.
Apart from being passionate about education and research, I enjoy traveling, hiking, swimming and spending time with students, friends, and family.