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Shalina Chatlani

Science and Technology Reporter

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Shalina Chatlani covers science and technology for KPBS. Her beat includes issues ranging from alternative energy to STEM education.

Before coming to KPBS, Shalina was a fellow for Nashville Public Radio, covering environmental and education news. While there, she focused on bringing diverse voices to the air and finding stories on issues of diversity and equity. Shalina also created and co-hosted her own weekly show on higher education and social justice for community radio station WPFW in Washington, DC. She also served as associate editor for a business to business online publication called Education Dive. She was also a contributing reporter for the English-speaking online newspaper, The Rio Times, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shalina earned an undergraduate degree in science, technology and international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her master's degree is in science communication, also from Georgetown.

Recent Stories by Shalina Chatlani

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is seen in...

San Diego Biotech Finds Neutralizing Antibody To Take Out Coronavirus, But More Studies Key

May 15
By Shalina Chatlani

"The more the merrier when we are all working together to end COVID-19."

Fishermen slice open large freshly caught fish ...

San Diego Seafood Industry Flounders Under Coronavirus, But Fishing Community Finding Ways To Stay Afloat

May 15
By Shalina Chatlani

Businesses may get some relief from a government stimulus package, but how quickly they can bounce back may depend on the types of fish they supply.

An aquarist who has dived into an underwater ke...

Birch Aquarium Still Caring For 6,000 Animals, After Coronavirus Forces It To Close Its Doors

May 13
By Shalina Chatlani

The aquarium has also found ways to keep the guest interaction alive.

An undated artist rendering of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Mutations Not As Concerning As Some Research Suggests

May 6
By Shalina Chatlani

New studies are suggesting the coronavirus is mutating and could be more dangerous. But some epidemiologists say there’s not enough evidence to say that’s true.

An electronic sign on Santa Monica Boulevard re...

Why And When San Diegans Must Wear Facial Coverings Beginning May 1

April 30
By Shalina Chatlani

The smallest droplet produced from a human could contain up to a thousand particles of virus.

This March 20, 2017 photo from the National Par...

Biologists Bring Red-Legged Frog Back To San Diego, Days Before Virus Could Have Derailed Plans

April 27
By Shalina Chatlani

At the last minute, San Diego researchers and biologists were able to bring the California red-legged frog from Mexico back to Southern California, where it had been gone for almost two decades.

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Me...

A Combination Of Tests Key To Preventing Future Flare-Ups of COVID-19

April 22
By Shalina Chatlani

Health experts say robust testing is necessary to prevent another surge in cases, even if it's not be a catch-all solution.

An undated artist rendering of the coronavirus.

San Diego Scientists Uncover 30 Potential Coronavirus Drug Therapies

April 20
By Shalina Chatlani

The discovery is a first step in finding a cure for the deadly coronavirus.

UC San Diego psychiatrists find in a review of ...

COVID-19 Could Cause Some Patients To Develop Psychological Disorders

April 16
By Shalina Chatlani

Some COVID-19 patients may experience psychological disorders from the virus, according to a peer-reviewed article published by UC San Diego psychiatrists this week.

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Me...

UCSD Researchers: Smell, Taste Loss Shown As COVID-19 Symptom In Mild Cases

April 14
By Shalina Chatlani

Smell and taste loss among COVID-19 patients has been shown anecdotally. And now this study shows statistical evidence.

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