Mahak Kathpalia


Hi! I am a junior majoring in chemistry with a certificate in science communication. I am also considering pursuing molecular and cell biology. I joined the Wang Lab in fall 2021. My current project aims to engineer molecular chaperones that fold and assemble more efficient variants of Rubisco, the historically “unimprovable” and most abundant enzyme on Earth responsible for catalyzing the first step in photosynthesis. Additionally, I have also been involved in research on stable isotopic ratio analysis of necropsies of lead-poisoned birds to evaluate potential sources of lead exposure in Wisconsin at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene through the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about undergraduate research!