Leaving Grad School

Updated: Apr 19

Meet this week's Grad Chat guest, Niba Nirmal (she/her)!


Headshot of Niba

I am a multimedia science communicator based in Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco, CA). I create scientific content through articles, photos, social media. and primarily through science video hosting. I’ve received a science filmmaking fellowship from Jackson Wild and created videos for places like Stanford and Seeker. As a visible and invisible minority, I strive to be inclusive of all minority statuses.


As a model turned scientist turned content creator, I explore the science in cosmetics, fashion, and skincare through YouTube and Instagram as @NotesByNiba. One of my favourite videos blends my Indian heritage, plants, and the science of henna body art.


In college at UC Davis, I investigated the effects of climate change on crops and studied diversity studies. My graduate work at Duke researched the genetics, form, and function of plant roots. In my free time, I enjoy petting cats (whether they belong to me or not), weird chip flavors, comics, and adding to my plant collection.


Niba will be talking to Fay about her decision to leave grad school with a Masters, and not a PhD as she had originally planned.

text reads Leaving Grad School, # Grad Chat from PhD Balance. There are two headshots one of Fay Lin, the host & one of Niba Nirmal

You can find Niba via her Twitter, Instagram & YouTube (@NotesByNiba) accounts & her website. Check out her Leaving Grad School video series here!


Niba will be taking over the PhD Balance Instagram account today, before being our Grad Chat guest tomorrow to talk about Leaving Grad School. You can join the Youtube Livestream Saturday (04/15) at 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific using this link!


Alternatively, you'll be able to catch up on the episode on the Grad Chat podcast published next Tuesday (04/20) here!