Lalitha Sundaram


Lalitha Sundaram currently works at the University of Cambridge’s Arsenic Biosensor Collaboration. This project seeks to devise a whole-cell bacterial biosensor for the detection of groundwater arsenic, initially for use in Nepal. Lalitha develops strategy to take this novel synthetic biology product from bench to field, with a particular focus on Responsible Research and Innovation. This involves working closely with multiple stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, NGOs, international aid agencies and the local communities using the product.  Lalitha’s broader interest is in exploring how communities in low-and middle-income countries can benefit from the promise and potential of synthetic biology, and in developing mechanisms for synthetic biology to contribute to international development in an ethical and sustainable manner. Lalitha’s PhD research, also at Cambridge University, explored host cell metabolic and microRNA changes following infection by the pathogenic parasite Toxoplasma gondii, using a combination of bioinformatic, next-generation sequencing and molecular biology tools.