If you have 2 passions in life, why not combine them!
Art inspires science
Science inspires art
Find out more about this project here.
In 2011, when I lost my mother to brain cancer the grief and anguish made me re-think about my life’s purpose. That’s when I realized that I wanted to combine cancer research and visual art – my 2 passions in life!
Read more about my story here.
Find out more about my art+science hybrid projects here.
Practicing science and art can be isolating. A 94% extroverted person like me needs to be part of a community. Although there are many scientists and artists interested in various types of art-science collaborations, their involvement in a serious global problem like cancer, is not enough. So, I founded a network, named Cancer ART-SCI Network that unites scientists and artists all around the world interested in helping prevention, diagnosis and cure for cancer.
Find out more about Cancer ART-SCI Network here.
direct impact to patients
Academic research in the lab has its pitfalls. The progress is slow and opportunity to make direct impact on cancer patients is limited. To overcome this situation, I collaborate with a lung cancer patient organization named LUNGevity Foundation.
Art therapy as a creative outlet for lung cancer patients – here.
A comprehensive landscape of current lung cancer therapies, published as a peer-reviewed report at Journal of Thoracic Oncology – a resource for patients and researchers.
Features in media
Invited oral presentations
“Art and Science of Cancer Research” at Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium, MD Anderson Cancer Center, July 2021, Houston, TX.
“Bacteria progressing cancer research and visual art” at Columbia Science Review, Columbia University, March 2019, New York, NY.
“Art informs science” at BROTO 2018 conference, Provincetown, MA.
“STEM to STEAM” at the Hockaday School and St. Mark’s School, January 2017, Dallas, TX.
“Seeing the unseen – junk DNA and cancer” at National Academies Keck Futures Initiative November 2015 conference, Irvine, CA.
“Understanding the unpredictability of cancer from chaos theory” at LASER October 2014 meeting, New York, NY.
“Evaluating the Potential of Science-Art Collaborative Platforms to Create and Serve as a Two-Sided Market” at Sci Art in America, October 2018, New York, NY.
“Communicating complex scientific research ideas for curing lung cancer using North East Indian folklore and visual art” at Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy, October 2017, Hong Kong, China.
“Art and Cancer” editorial at Leonardo, April 2017, MIT Press, MA.
“Designing a career in science and art” at ASBMB Today, August 2016, Washigton, D.C.
“Understanding the unpredictability of cancer using techniques from chaos theory and modern art” at Leonardo, January 2016.
“Being a scientist and artist in parallel” at ASCB Compass, October 2015.
“Finding beauty in the beast” Podcast at Creative Disturbance, November 2014.