Dr. Chinta Sidharthan

Dr. Chinta Sidharthan

Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics and Biogeography

Chinta Sidharthan is a writer based in Bangalore, India. Her academic background is in evolutionary biology and genetics, and she has extensive experience in scientific research, teaching, science writing, and herpetology. Chinta holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the Indian Institute of Science and is passionate about science education, writing, animals, wildlife, and conservation. For her doctoral research, she explored the origins and diversification of blindsnakes in India, as a part of which she did extensive fieldwork in the jungles of southern India. She has received the Canadian Governor General’s bronze medal and Bangalore University gold medal for academic excellence and published her research in high-impact journals.

After completing her Ph.D., Chinta continued working in the field of evolutionary biology. As a post-doctoral researcher, she is exploring the phylogenetics and biogeography of gastropods in India. She has also worked as a freelance science editor and teaching assistant. She completed her high school education and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Toronto, Canada, where she also used to work as a transcription assistant helping students with learning disabilities.

Outside of work, she is an avid reader struggling to find shelf space for her ever-growing collection of books. She enjoys cooking, collecting coffee mugs, riding and tinkering with motorcycles and mountain bikes, dabbling with paints, and making metal and clay jewelry. She is a cat mom to three little monsters —Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Pepper — and helps rescue and foster cats and dogs. She loves the outdoors and one day hopes to live in a cabin in the mountains.

She speaks seven Indian languages — some fluently and some functionally. She also speaks Spanish and French manageably well. She backpacked across Cuba during her teenage years with her parents, doubling as their Spanish translator.

Articles from Chinta

Does maternal psychological and biological stress affect the composition of human breast milk?

Does maternal psychological and biological stress affect the composition of human breast milk?

The management of monkeypox during pregnancy

The management of monkeypox during pregnancy

Primary vaccinations and boosters effective in reducing COVID-19 severity during Delta and Omicron predominance

Primary vaccinations and boosters effective in reducing COVID-19 severity during Delta and Omicron predominance

Study examines the incidence of severe COVID-19 in fully vaccinated and boosted high-risk populations

Study examines the incidence of severe COVID-19 in fully vaccinated and boosted high-risk populations

Study finds dimethyl fumarate was not associated with an improvement in clinical outcomes in adults hospitalized with COVID-19

Study finds dimethyl fumarate was not associated with an improvement in clinical outcomes in adults hospitalized with COVID-19

Q-LAAD: a dynamic, cost-effective rapid antigen test for detection of SARS-CoV-2

Q-LAAD: a dynamic, cost-effective rapid antigen test for detection of SARS-CoV-2

SARS-CoV-2 infections linked to increased incidence of new-onset type 1 diabetes in pediatric populations

SARS-CoV-2 infections linked to increased incidence of new-onset type 1 diabetes in pediatric populations

How do clinical outcomes in patients infected with different Omicron subvariants differ?

How do clinical outcomes in patients infected with different Omicron subvariants differ?

Differences in protection from previous infection or vaccination against infection with Omicron BA.4/5 or BA.2

Differences in protection from previous infection or vaccination against infection with Omicron BA.4/5 or BA.2

Rational treatment strategies for SARS-CoV-2 derived from human pluripotent stem cells models

Rational treatment strategies for SARS-CoV-2 derived from human pluripotent stem cells models