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Dr. Mayank


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'deFORM', is a mix-media take on spatial deformation that epithelial cells and tissues undergo during embryonic development to form organs. Medium: Mix - digital photography and vinyl modeling. 2021   


Here's who I am & what I do

I am Mayank Chugh. I am a first-generation college graduate, born and raised in Anglophilic India before I started my academic journey. I reside in Boston, MA and soon starting as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.


I am fascinated by life; its beauty in form, shape, pattern, function, and dynamics in space and time. I am excited by how a single cell develops into a multicellular organism with sophisticated organs and coherent behaviour. I have spent the last 10 years learning and investigating this fundamental question in different organisms and with various techniques.  

I am also constantly inspired by the life around me: change of the seasons, music, murals in the streets, mountains, people's faces and emotions, et cetera. I channel this inspiration into my scientific research and more so, writing and art. I do not like to border science, art, and society. They belong together.

Hence, I very much believe in community. No man is an island, and neither is science. Representation matters in- and outside science. Inclusion and equity matters in- and outside science. I am action-oriented about the betterment of our communities--at institutional and federal levels--with data-driven research- informed policy and culture change.  My tenure at Harvard has aligned my academic trajectory with my core values and led me to William & Mary to establish a teaching & research program I call the 'ReForm Lab'.

Spheres of Life: Zebrafish embryos 24-48 hours post-fertilization as seen through the eyepiece of a light microscope.

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