Mala Murthy is a faculty member in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (and moving to the new Neuroscience building in January 2014!) and Department of Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on how the brain processes sensory cues (such as odors or sounds) and uses this information to drive behavior. She studies the relatively simple brain of the fruit fly, because it is nonetheless capable of sophisticated behaviors, including the ability to communicate using sound. Her goal is to understand the general neural mechanisms underlying acoustic communication and its evolution. Before joining the Princeton faculty in February of 2010, Professor Murthy was a postdoctoral research fellow at Caltech. She grew up in Texas, holds a BS in Biology (with a minor in History) from MIT, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford. She lives in Princeton with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. Feel free to introduce yourself to Prof. Murthy at the Rocky Dining Hall, where she dines regularly with her family, and ask her about her flies!