Monisha Ravisetti

Monisha Ravisetti

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences


Monisha Ravisetti, based in New York, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Monisha worked at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mount Sinai West and NYU Langone conducting clinical and basic science research. She graduated with a degree focused in philosophy, physics and chemistry from New York University, and her work investigates the intersection between science and the human condition.

Many COVID-19 survivors experience symptoms even months after they recover, and while the medical reasoning for this phenomenon continues to elude scientists, a Malaysian neurobiology researcher has proposed a novel hypothesis: The virus could be causing chronic brainstem dysfunction.

In a 49-page study, nearly three dozen experts assembled by The Lancet concluded that U.S. health policies under the Trump administration resulted in an avoidable 461,000 deaths per year — plus an unnecessary four in 10 COVID-19-related deaths — blaming decades of policy failures that were significantly enhanced by the 45th president.

Sawfish have lost 59% of their historical distribution and are heading toward complete extinction due to overfishing, a new study says, posing a threat to ocean biodiversity and indicating that policies worldwide to protect the world's largest ray are not being enforced.

Approximately 4.6 million U.S. adults have a peanut allergy, a new study shows, but only about half have an epinephrine prescription, suggesting diagnosed adults should be more actively educated on how to manage the condition beyond merely removing peanuts from their diet.

People with dementia are at a significantly higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe outcomes of the disease, including death, regardless of other factors, according to a study published in Alzheimer's & Dementia on Tuesday.

An Iowa State University astrophysicist led the first successful 3D simulations that demonstrate the formation of planetesimals through dust particle build-up catalyzed by pressure bumps, possibly confirming a long-standing theory of how larger planets, including those in our solar system, came to be.

New research founded on unbiased machine learning algorithms has statistically confirmed widely reported data suggesting that racially segregated counties in the United States have disproportionately high levels of COVID-19 infections and mortalities, reinforcing that such areas may be in greater need of vaccines and other resources.

Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered that certain gene mutations in zebrafish lead to the formation of limb-like structures in the fish’s pectoral fins, a major development that suggests the same genes likely play a role in human skeletal formation.

Researchers from Northwestern and Cornell Universities have produced a platform that can be freeze-dried to create inexpensive, portable, expedited conjugate vaccines, aiming to circumvent a years-long, multimillion-dollar manufacturing process that often results in inequitable distribution.

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen have created a mathematical model disputing commonly expected rates of sea level rise, arguing that most projections underestimate the speed at which the levels are increasing.