I am a science writer at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. I have completed my Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My love for science writing stems from the belief that all science, no matter how esoteric, can be explained to the general public. This belief has been the driving force of my career path. To this end, I maintain a science blog that is directed at a non-scientific audience. My blog “Tales of Scientific Journeys” focuses on tracing the history of scientific inventions. I have written about the development of techniques in various fields such as chemistry, physics, and biology. I have also written travel articles where I focus on the geological history of the places I visit.
I am a contributor for several other blogs, which have been listed below. From 2018-2019 I was recruited to write for the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at my university where I focused on the latest publications from various labs. Additionally, I interned as a science writer at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Illinois News Bureau from 2019-2020. Consequently, I am skilled at explaining cutting-edge research without using jargon.
I have also served as an editor for ScienceSeeker, where I curated articles in biology, evolution, and education. I am currently an editor for Club SciWri, where I help budding science writers hone their communication skills, and Frontiers for Young Minds, an open access scientific journal that explains the latest research to school kids between 8-15 years old.
- Ph.D. in Microbiology (2013-2021), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.Sc. in Life Science (May 2013), Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India
- B.Sc. in Chemistry, Zoology, and Microbiology (May 2011), Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India