Deepak Modi

Dr Deepak Modi is a Geneticist by training and a scientist by passion. After completing his PhD, he joined as a faculty at...

How do we decide on sex?

The birth of the child is joyous and the announcement of its sex is a vanity. So much of our social identity is rooted in our identification as a girl or boy which is from birth, in direct response to the sex organs we display. The clothes we wear, the toilets we can enter, the roles we are expected to assume, the professions opened up to us - gender plays a major deciding factor at every point of our lives. And while transgenders are acknowledged as a third gender in our country, this is not yet an identification that impacts how society operates - how do we think of clothes, toilets, roles, professions for transgenders? The current paradigm suggests that the gender specific behavior arises due to social priming in childhood and cultural expectations.

What if science now tells you that actually, assigning gender given your sex organs may not be quite correct? What if science offers experimental data to show this? What are the implications for how identity and how we construct the world?

We are delighted to invite Deepak Modi - a nonconformist researcher - to Mumbai Local, to unsettle our taken for granted notions on sex and gender. Through his research, he offers that the brain is not gender neutral; that in fact maleness and femaleness could be hard-wired into the brain. In this Mumbai Local session, he will share with us his research, and take us through its myriad implications - from medicine to sexuality to social infrastructure.

Look forward to a fascinating session where scientific enquiry throws up critical questions for our understanding of identity and social organisation.

For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5:30 pm on Friday, 15th June.

This session is curated by: Arnab Bhattacharya - Professor, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science at TIFR; Chair, Science Popularization & Public Outreach

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Dr Deepak Modi is a Geneticist by training and a scientist by passion. After completing his PhD, he joined as a faculty at the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health of the Indian council of Medical Research, Mumbai India. His lab conducts research to figure out what makes people infertile and why babies are born premature. His research interests also include unravelling what it takes to make a man a man and a woman a woman. Recognizing his contributions to science, he has been bestowed upon many young scientist awards from the Indian Science Academies; he is also the recipient of the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, Govt of India.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.