Harsh Pawar is a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster University in United Kingdom studying kinetoplastid protozoan parasites. He began his scientific career in 2004 at Pune, India by undertaking a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology followed by a Master of Science in Zoology at the University of Pune (now Savitribai Phule Pune University). In 2009 he moved to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore where he pursued a PhD funded by the CSIR, Government of India to identify esophageal squamous cell carcinoma specific biomarkers. He completed the PhD in 2014 from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. While pursuing his PhD he also worked with his collaborators to study Leishmania parasites from Indian subcontinent using a multi-omics approach.
Following his PhD he was awarded the Dr. D. S. Kothari postdoctoral fellowship by Government of India to study life stage specific differentiation of Leishmania donovani using proteomics. He also mapped the proteome of sandfly-vector of Leishmania parasites Phlebotomus papatasi. In 2016 he moved to Technion, Israel to study amino acid uptake and homeostasis in L. donovani parasites after being awarded the prestigious Israel PBC postdoctoral fellowship. Finally, in 2021 he moved to Lancaster university to work on another kinetoplastid protozoan parasite Trypanosomes. His research interest spans across disciplines including parasitology, cancer biology, infectious diseases, proteomics, and OMICS-technology.