Photography by: Vanessa Leroy


Nandita is really interested in using eco-friendly technology to help people all around the world stay healthy. She’s from India and now works as a research associate at the Koch Institute. Her job is all about creating a special way to give vaccines with just one shot. She uses tiny pieces made of material that can break down in the body. She wants to make science easier for everyone to understand. 

When she’s not working, she finds inspiration in books and loves the calm and beauty of mountains.

Poetry of Science Collection, 2021. Digital Photograph. ©Poetry of Science. All rights reserved.

Nandita Menon is a bioengineer who addresses challenges related to health care faced by rural, low-income communities such as those in her native India. Poetry of Science Collection, 2021.

Under the Eucalyptus Tree

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The Project: Scientists of color and local poets of color are collaborating to create poetry based on the work, motivations, and history of the scientists. We are working with fine art photographer Vanessa Leroy, to create portraits of each scientist for public display alongside their associated poetry. Selected poets and scientists will be published in a dedicated issue of an award-winning literary journal. Our Mission: The Poetry of Science counters the negative associations handed down by systemic racism by creating new and positive associations between people of color (POC), the arts, the sciences, how nature is perceived, and what it means to generate knowledge. In this context, POC offer new ways to understand and create novel realities to resist systems of oppression.

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