Rashmita Basu

Graduate Student
Rashmita Basu

Rashmita Basu is a PhD candidate at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. In her role at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), she works in the lab of Jonathan Flak, PhD, studying the central nervous system’s regulation of energy expenditure in relation to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Prior to joining IBRI and starting her PhD, Basu came to the US from India in 2016, as a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. There she studied pathogenesis of simian immunodeficiency virus in macaque monkeys, as well as HIV-tuberculosis co-infection in AIDS patients.

When not doing science, Basu loves to decompress by baking and cooking while listening to podcasts and being a big foodie herself, loves exploring various cuisines and local eateries.


Areas of Expertise

  • Agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Biochemistry and immunofluorescence assays
  • Cell culture and fractionation
  • DNA/RNA extraction
  • DNA/RNA quantification
  • EchoMRI
  • Flow cytometry
  • Fluorescence and phase-contrast microscopy
  • Genotyping
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Molecular cloning and genetics
  • Mouse handling
  • Necropsy
  • Optogenetics
  • Organ/tissue isolation
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Stereotactic surgery (mouse brain)
  • Tissue fractionation and sectioning
  • Western blot analysis


  • Master of Science (Biochemistry), University of Calcutta, India, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science (Microbiology), University of Calcutta, India, 2013


Awards & Certifications

  • NIH Fogarty HIV-TB Research and Training Program Scholarship, 2016
  • IAS Summer Research Fellowship, 2014