Sujatha Muralidharan is an immunologist with an interest in studying mechanisms of immune suppression (tolerance) induced in hosts in response to stresses such as bacterial infection or alcohol consumption. The goal of her research is to identify key molecules that play a regulatory role in immune tolerance so these could be targeted for development of novel and effective immunotherapies. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Linden Hu in the Microbiology department of Tufts University. Her research focuses on inflammatory responses to Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi in innate immune cells. She received her PhD in Immunology from Baylor College of Medicine where she studied the role of Wnt signaling in peripheral T cell activation and maturation. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading and watching science-fiction movies.