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About Yamuna Krishnan | Indian Scientist

Yamuna Krishnan

Yamuna Krishnan born in 25 may 1974 in Kerala and is the professor at the department of chemistry, University of Chicago where she has worked since August 2014. She was earlier a reader in national centre of biological sciences, Tata institute of fundamental research, Bangalore, India. She is the youngest woman recipient of the Shanti swarup bhatnagar prize for science and technology, the highest science award in India, which she won in the year 2013 in chemical science category.

Yamuna Krishnan
Born25 May 1974
EducationUniversity of Madras
Indian Institute of Science
AwardsShanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Infosys Prize
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic chemistry
InstitutionsIndian Institute of Science
University of Cambridge
National Centre for Biological Sciences
University of Chicago

Education details

she received her bachelors in chemistry from the University of Madras, women's Christian college, Chennai in 1994. She Secured MS in chemical sciences in 1997 and PhD in organic chemistry in 2002, both from Indian institute of science, Bangalore. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and an 1851 research fellow from 2001 to 2004 at the department of chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK.


Indian national science academy's young scientist medal
Associate, Indian academy of sciences
Innovative young biotechnologist award 
Fellowship of Wolfson college, University of Cambridge, UK


Her current research interest are in the areas related to structure and dynamics of nucleic acid and nucleic acid nanotechnology cellular and subcellular technologies and her lab tries to understand the function from DNA beyond that of its traditional role as the genetic material and tries to develop quantitative imaging technology that uses DNA nanodevices as fluorescent reporters to map second messenger in real time in cells and in vivo they develop versatile functional imaging technology using self-assembled DNA nanostructures to quantitatively image second messenger in real time, in living cell and genetic model organisms.

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