Just Herself

Nergis Mavalvala, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, can check off a whole lot of boxes on the diversity form. She isn’t just a woman in physics, which is rare enough. She is an immigrant from Pakistan and a self-described “out, queer person of […]

Vijaysree

I am a graduate of the Science Journalism program at Boston University.

I chase stories on all topics of interest and go where the reporting takes me. This website is a digital portfolio of select articles and essays. Follow me on twitter. You can also write to at vijeejournalistATgmail.

 


Growing Mushrooms in New England Growing Mushrooms in New England

“The lion’s mane does not like to be dripped on,” Julia Coffey informs me, “so it sits on the top shelf of this greenhouse.” The founder of Mycoterra Farm, a leading small-scale, year-round mushroom farm in Massachusetts, knows exactly what makes her edible fungi tick. When she first started bringing […]

A single escaped organism is all it’ll take… A single escaped organism is all it’ll take…

Evolutionary engineer Kevin Esvelt, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, works with gene drives, engineered bits of DNA that can cause a mutation to become heritable all the time. He calls for researchers to create and use safe lab procedures while working with this powerful but potentially risky […]

The Ramachandran Plot The Ramachandran Plot

In Chennai, not far from the banks of river Adyar, there’s an auditorium in the heart of a national research centre that appears wholly unremarkable, but for its name: Triple Helix Lecture Hall. Does that name have a basis in fact? This is what I found out. The name of […]