Lab Hopping : A Journey to Find India’s Women in Science – Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj


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Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey through India’s science laboratories in pursuit of the true story behind the gender gap.

From Bhopal to Bhubaneswar, from Bangalore to Jammu, Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj engage in thought-provoking conversations with renowned scientists like Gagandeep Kang, Rohini Godbole, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Prajval Shastri, as well as researchers at earlier stages of their scientific careers. These dialogues about the triumphs and challenges faced by women offer fresh perspectives on the gender gap that continues to haunt Indian science today.

Our labs are brimming with inspiring stories of women scientists persisting in science despite facing apathy, stereotypes, and sexism to systemic and organizational challenges. Stories that reveal both a broken system and the attempts by extraordinary women working to fix it. By questioning whether India is doing enough to support its women in science and if western models of science and feminism can truly be applied in India, the authors not only offer a comprehensive examination of the state of women in science but also offer a roadmap for the way forward.

Aashima Dogra is a freelance science writer and editor. Her time in a Pune lab pushed her to embrace her love for science stories and pursue a masters degree in Science Communication in 2009. Since then she has enjoyed researching and creating engaging science media published on various platforms for Indian as well as international audiences. She has been editor of Brainwave magazine, which is where she met Nandita. Aashima has people she calls home in Austria and India.

Nandita Jayaraj completed her masters’ in bioinformatics and a diploma in journalism in 2012. She has been writing, editing and creating various kinds of science media. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Hindu,, and Mongabay India. She is also an author of several children’s books such as Anna’s Extraordinary Adventures with Weather and 31 Fantastic Adventures in Science which she co-authored with Aashima Dogra. Nandita loves to travel and spends most of her time with friends and family in Kerala and Karnataka.
In 2016, Nandita and Aashima embarked upon a cross-country tour across Indian science laboratories, an exercise they dubbed ‘Lab Hopping’. This evolved into one of India’s most well-known (and one of the only science-centric) feminist media projects, The duo have worked on several projects; this is their second book together.


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