Taruna is a first-year Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Vaccine Research at Pitt. She completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, in 2016. Her dissertation was focused on analyzing the pharmacodynamics of corticosteroids and bronchodilators with their respective receptors, in relevance to asthma and COPD treatment. Given her deep interests in pharmacology and infectious diseases, shortly after defending her Ph.D. thesis, Taruna moved to Pittsburgh to work on SIV infection in non-human primates and HIV cure.
Taruna hails from India and in her spare time she enjoys Bollywood movies, Zumba fusion dance workouts, practicing yoga and hiking all around the Pittsburgh. Taruna is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 UPPDA and is looking forward to her new role as an International Chair.