Chinta is a National Post-Doctoral Fellow with a background in evolutionary biology and genetics. She holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the Indian Institute of Science and is passionate about science education, writing, animals, and wildlife. For her doctoral research, she explored the origins and diversification of blind snakes in India. For her postdoctoral work at the Freshwater Ecology and Conservation lab, she is exploring patterns of parthenogenesis, polyploidy, and hybridization in freshwater gastropods in India.
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 jewellery. 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 feels a special kinship with the mountains