Field : Organic Chemistry
Today is a story of a young achiever, who accomplished great heights along her way. Let us know about her.
Yamuna Krishnan was born in the Malappuram district of Kerala, India. She earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Madras, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India in 1993. She secured a Master’s of Science in Chemical Sciences in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2002, both from the 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
Krishnan was a Fellow ‘E’ at National Centre for Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2013, at the TIFR in Bangalore, India. In 2013, after her promotion to the post of Associate Professor ‘G’ at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore, India. Post which she moved to the University of Chicago as a Professor of Chemistry in August 2014.
Krishnan was a recipient of the Wellcome Trust -DBT Alliance Senior Research Fellowship in 2010, the Indian National Science Academy Young Scientist Medal in 2007, the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award from the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, in 2006, and the Infosys Prize 2017 in the Physical Sciences category.
Her current research interests are in the areas related to the structure and dynamics of nucleic acids, nucleic acid nanotechnology, and cellular and subcellular technologies. Her lab tries to understand the functions of DNA beyond that of its traditional role as the genetic material.
My one-line takeaway: You can be an achiever at a young age, provided you find your calling and go for it with all focus & determination.
PS: I have planned to take up non-fiction this year as my theme for the A2Z challenge, where every day in the month of April ( except Sundays) I will be writing about women in the stream of science and their contributions. Disclaimer -The information collected is from different sources available online.
The main objective is to draw inspiration and share information about such great lives who did it, despite all difficulties in their life.