Sukanya Charuchandra

Sukanya Charuchandra

Originally from Mumbai, Sukanya Charuchandra is a freelance science writer based out of wherever her travels take her. She holds master’s degrees in Science Journalism and Biotechnology. You can read her work at

Articles by Sukanya Charuchandra
Formed of various flowers, this personification cartoon of a female botanist, painted by George Spratt, was pasted into Allen’s copy of The English Flora.
La Botaniste, 1810–1865
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jan 4, 2022 | 2 min read
Elaborate annotations hidden in a copy of Sir James Edward Smith’s The English Flora hinted at the life of a mysterious woman botanist.
Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Kim Peek, the inspiration for the title character in Rain Man, brought public attention to savant syndrome.
a drawing of one of Ruysch's creations, featuring fetal skeletons
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Sukanya Charuchandra | Dec 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Frederik Ruysch’s collections blended specimens for scientific discovery with macabre art.
Jorge Henao-Mejia Explores the Immune System’s Controls
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jan 1, 2019 | 3 min read
By tying together his understanding of the microbiome and nucleic acids, the UPenn immunologist is decoding the underlying causes of inflammation and disease.
Leukemia Relapses May Arise From Specialized Cells
Sukanya Charuchandra | Dec 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Targeting the transient group of cells could prevent recurrence of the disease.
Dialogue Improves Children’s Learning Abilities
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018 | 3 min read
Regardless of parental income and education, children who engage in more two-way conversation with their parents learn better.

Cranial Craters, 1000-1250
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018 | 3 min read
Prehistoric Andeans seemed especially fond of trepanation—holes drilled in the skull as a treatment for various ills.
Defeating Fear Depends on Amygdala Suppression
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers determine the neurological mechanics underpinning a technique to extinguish fearful memories using goal-directed eye movements.
Maternal Obesity and Diabetes Linked to Autism in Children
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Inflammation may be a strong contender for the connection between mom’s weight and children’s neurodevelopment, according to lab studies on animals.
Image of the Day: Change of Tune
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 1, 2018 | 1 min read
Southeast Alaska’s humpback whales haven’t changed their calls for close to four decades.