Dr. Alemelu (Lalita) Sundaresan is Professor and Director of the Osteoimmunology and Integrative Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Biology and College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. She is also affiliated with NASA, University of Texas Medical School in Houston, University of Oslo, University of Arhus and PUCRS in Brazil.
Her areas of expertise include: sending experiments into low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, most recently in 2014 on the successful SpaceX-3 launch; studying human immunology in adverse environments and what happens when the immune system is compromised, such as with cancer and autoimmune conditions or in the microgravity of space; and inflammation, tissue engineering, toxicology and biomedical physiology research.
Lalita heads a very dynamic Lab with many international collaborators and students, having active grants in Space immunology and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from NASA and the National Science Foundation, and with research producing numerous scientific publications, including seminal manuscripts in space cell biology findings on lymphocyte signalling in microgravity. She is also involved in bone tissue engineering and holds three patents for growing human bone outside of the body.