Lalita Noronha-Blob is a research scientist, teacher, editor and writer from India. Recipient of a Fulbright travel grant to the U.S., she earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis, MO., an M.S. in Genetics (Univ. of Bombay) and a B.S in Botany (Univ. of Baroda, India.) Prior to teaching, she worked at the National Institutes of Health and in the biopharmaceutical industry, and published numerous research papers and abstracts in scientific journals. She has also co-authored “Journey through Exploration” an interdisciplinary math and science work book based on Jurassic Park.
She is also a widely published poet and writer. Her literary work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Digest, Crab Orchard Review, The Cortland Review, Gargoyle, and Get Well Wishes (Harper Collins.) She is the author of an award winning short story collection, “Where Monsoons Cry,” (Black Words Press.), a chapbook of poetry, Her Skin Phyllo-thin (Finishing Line Press), and “Mustard Seed: A Collage of Science, Art and Love Poems” (Apprentice House, Loyola University). She has twice won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, the Dorothy Daniels National League of American Pen Women Award, and Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Her poem, “Bar Talk” was awarded first prize by the Arlington Literary Journal, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves on the CityLit Board of Directors, as a fiction and poetry editor for the Baltimore Review and was the President of the Maryland Writers’ Association (2014-2016) She teaches both science and creative writing.