Prof. Madhubala was Director, Academic Staff College, Jawaharlal Nehru University from 2014-2016 and was Director Advanced Instrumentation Research Facility Jawaharlal Nehru University from 2011-2013 and was Dean, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University from March 2009 till March 2011. She started working on Leishmania for the first time in 1990 and has now a fully established laboratory in Leishmania research at the School of Life sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof. Madhubala's contribution has been identification of chemotherapeutic targets, development of diagnostic biomarkers for drug resistance in Leishmania and identification of potential vaccine candidates. Her post-doctoral training in the USA was on Cancer research. She is also running a major "Global Infectious diseases training program grant" supported by Fogarty International Centre of NIH, USA. with Leishmania as a major thrust area. She has been teaching Molecular Parasitology and Cell and Molecular Biology for the last 24 years at the University. She has trained several young investigators and has got them interested in Intracellular pathogen research. She has produced 28 Ph.Ds till date.

Educational qualifications:

Dr. Rentala Madhubala completed her B.Sc. in Zoology, holding 3rd Rank, from the prestigious Delhi University way back in 1971. Later on, she went to obtain her Master’s Degree from the same institution in 1973. In 1974, she completed her M. Phil in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Thereafter she enrolled herself as a Ph.D Student, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad and obtained her Doctorate Degree in 1983.