Mala Murthy studies acoustic communication of male fruit flies create during courtship, when they stand near a female and vibrate an extended wing. She and her colleagues are learning to analyze the cognitive processing of both the male and female flies. Professor Murthy earned a PhD at Stanford University in 2004 and then conducted postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology. Her work has been chosen for funding under the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, part of a new presidential program aimed at developing greater understanding of the human brain.
Murthy and her husband live near Princeton with their two children, and you may often see her in the dining hall, where she enjoys catching up with her advisees.