Episode 31 – Shalini Aggarwal

Shalini Aggarwal is a PhD research scholar studying infectious diseases at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in biotechnology. She is passionate about studying the vivax parasite that causes malaria and its treatment and about how challenges we experience throughout our lives contribute to our future successes.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

Approximately 25% of US citizens can hold a conversation in a language other than English. (news.gallup.com)

5 parasites that cause Malaria: Plasmodium falciparum (or P. falciparum), Plasmodium malariae (or P. malariae), Plasmodium vivax (or P. vivax), Plasmodium ovale (or P. ovale), Plasmodium knowlesi (or P. knowlesi). (www.standfordhealthcare.org)

Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and territories. About half of the world’s population is at risk. Large areas of Africa and South Asia and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania are considered areas where malaria transmission occurs. (www.cdc.gov)

Artemisinin and its semisynthetic derivatives are a group of drugs used against malaria due to Plasmodium falciparum. It was discovered in 1972 by Tu Youyou, who was co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery. (wikipedia)

B Tech – Bachelor’s of Technology (wikipedia)

Maternity leave in the United States is regulated by US labor law. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires 12 weeks of unpaid leaveannually for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children if they work for a company with 50 or more employees. (wikipedia)

Microbes – a microscopic organism, which may exist in its single-celled form or a colony of cells. (wikipedia)


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