Dr. Charu Kaushic

Dr. Charu Kaushic

Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine 
OHTN Applied HIV Research Chair
McMaster Immunology Research Centre



Dr. Kaushic has been a recipient of a number of awards, including a post-doctoral fellowship from The Rockefeller Foundation (1993-95), an OHTN Scholarship (2002-2007) and a CIHR New Investigator Award (2007-2012). She currently holds an Applied HIV Research Chair Award from Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) (2012-2017). Her lab’s research has been funded by CIHR, CANFAR and OHTN. She has served on several NIH and CIHR grant review panels and is frequently invited to give talks at national and international meetings. She has also served on the Executive Council of American Society of Reproductive Immunology (2007-2014) and is currently a researcher representative on the OHTN Board (2012-2016). Dr. Kaushic’s lab is currently funded by two CIHR Operating Grants

(2013-2018) (2014-2019) focused on examining interactions between HIV-1 and HSV-2 in the female genital tract and a recent CHVI HIV Mucosal Team Grant (2015-2018) to examine the interactions between sex hormones, microbiome and immunity in the female reproductive tract.


Dr. Kaushic has special interest in public education, especially on women’s reproductive health issues and has worked closely and collaborated with community research organizations, such as Women’s Health in Women’s Hands in Toronto. She has given public and community talks on a number of HIV and women’s health related topics.


Outside of the lab, Charu likes to spend time with her family. She has two boys, 15 and 10, and when she and her husband are not busy shuttling them to hockey arenas, music classes and other extra-curricular activities, they like to travel and see new places and experience different cultures. They also like camping, hiking, canoeing and throwing BBQ and pool parties at their house!

Dr. Kaushic completed her Ph.D. at National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi, India in the area of reproductive immunology and then spent a few years at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire with Dr. Chuck Wira, learning all about mucosal immunity of the reproductive tract. She took a full-time faculty position at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, in 2002 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Her laboratory is part of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC). She is also a member of the Michael DeGroote Institute of Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) and an associate faculty in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her research interest is women’s reproductive health, specifically basic research examining susceptibility and immune responses to sexually transmitted pathogens, particularly, HIV-1 and HSV-2.