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HARSHA SEN, Molecular biology graduate student

Major: Molecular Biology

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a biologist and grad student in Ricardo Mallarino's lab at Princeton University. I have always been fascinated by the natural world, and am interested in understanding how evolution generates clever and beautiful solutions to environmental challenges at molecular, developmental, and organismal scales. I grew up in Kolkata, India and moved to the US for college, and I enjoy sharing my story, and passion for science and art with others.

Past Classes

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S738: Monsters, mutants, and master genes: peeking under the hood of biological diversity in Splash 2023 (Apr. 22, 2023)
Have you ever wondered what makes the natural world so diverse, dynamic, and complex? Come hang out with graduate students from Princeton’s Molecular Biology Outreach Program ( to learn about evolutionary developmental biology, or "evo-devo.” This field of biology studies how organisms evolve in response to their environments and how changes in their genetic programs create varied body plans. In this class, we will use hands-on activities and interactive discussions to learn how evo-devo builds on fundamental concepts in biology to give us new insights into what makes life - in all of its forms - so beautiful.