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Harshita Gupta

instructor, Case Western Reserve University

Harshita Gupta is a Master’s degree candidate in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. She is pursuing research on the molecular mechanism of hearing, working in the lab of Brian McDermott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology. Ms. Gupta is studying the localization of the deafness gene, PMCA2, in the hair cells of the inner ear. The Biology department awarded her a full tuition scholarship, to pursue her graduate studies and teach as a biology laboratory instructor. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology, first class with distinction, from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering in Chennai, India. Before coming to Case Western, Ms. Gupta was awarded two internships: one at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, where she studied the role of Orexin, a neuropeptide brain hormone, in diabetes, and another at the Genetic Counseling Center in Bangalore, India.