Our Group

  • Yamuna Krishnan
  • 2014 - Professor, University of Chicago
    2014: Assoc Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
    2009-13: Reader, NCBS, Bangalore
    2005-9: Fellow, NCBS, Bangalore
    2001-05: 1851 Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK
    2002: Ph. D., Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore,
    1997: M.S., IISc, Bangalore,
    1993: B. Sc. Madras University

  • yamuna[at]uchicago.edu

Partial List of National & International Awards won by PhD students/Postdocs for work at YK lab

Postdocs

  • Anees Palapuravan
  • I have completed my Ph.D (2010-2016) in Chemistry from NIIST-CSIR, Trivandrum (AcSIR), under the supervision of Dr. A. Ajayaghosh. Subsequently, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow (2016-2018) at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), EMT Research Center, Varennes, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Marc Andrew Gauthier. I joined Prof. Yamuna krishnan's group as post-doctoral scholar from February 2018.
  • aneesp[at]uchicago.edu
  • Aneesh T. Veetil
  • At the Krishnan lab, I am broadly interested in the biological applications of DNA-based synthetic probes. Currently, I am developing DNA-based tools for targeted sensing and quantification of signaling molecules.
  • atv[at]uchicago.edu
  • Ka Ho Leung
  • Ka-Ho Leung completed his BSc and PhD degree in Chemistry at Hong Kong Baptist University under the supervision of Dr. Dik-Lung Ma and Dr. Chung-Hang Leung. He joined Prof. Yamuna krishnan's group as post-doctoral scholar since May 2016. His research interest lie in the field of DNA-nanotechnology and the application in multicellular living organism.
  • kaholeung[at]uchicago.edu

Graduate students:

  • Anand Saminathan
  • I have done my B.Tech. in Chemical Science & Technology, from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. My Research interests are in developing Molecular Sensors. I like learning chemistry and use them to explore biology. Apart from love for Science, I love Playing Tennis, read random things, abstract photography and watch Arsenal play
  • anands1[at]uchicago.edu
  • Bhavyashree Suresh
  • I have done my Master of Science in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from Royal Melbourne Institute of technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. After which I joined Dr. Ferhan Ayaydin's lab as ITC Fellow in Biological Research Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary where I learnt High content screening. I wanted to do my PhD in more challenging problem, hence quit BRC and joined NCBS to Prof. Yamuna Krishnan's lab where initially I spent some time to learn TEM. My favourite hobbies being learning languages, trying to understand as many cultures as possible, exploring new places.
  • bhavya[at]uchicago.edu
  • Junyi Zou
  • I got B.S in Chemical Biology in UC Berkeley and started in Krishnan group as a graduate student in year 2016. I would love to expand the field of DNA technology and develop next generation probes to tackle problems in living system. Outside of the lab I have broad interests including music, movies, video games and animes.
  • junyizou[at]uchicago.edu
   
  • Matthew Zajac
  • I received my Bachelors in Chemistry from The College of New Jersey in 2017 and joined the Krishnan group as a graduate student in 2018. I am broadly interested in the use of chemistry to interrogate biological systems, and look forward to applying novel nanotechnology to many unanswered questions. Outside of the lab, I love listening to and playing music, playing board games, and watching baseball (go Yankees!)
  • zajacm1[at]uchicago.edu
  • Maulik S. Jani
  • to.maulikjani[at]gmail.com
   

Undergraduate students

  • Katharine Henn
  • I am a second-year in the College working towards a BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry, and I joined the Krishnan Group in October of 2018. My research interests lie at the intersection of cellular neuroscience and biochemistry, specifically neural communication mechanisms on a molecular level. Outside of the lab, I perform in a contemporary dance group on campus and I love to hike and bake.
  • khenn[at]]uchicago.edu

Administrator

Partial List of National & International Awards won by PhD students/Postdocs for work at YK lab

In 2017

  • Sunaina: HFSP fellowship (2017)
  • Nagarjun: Eli Lilly Award for Best Thesis (2017)
  • Kasturi: Harper Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia: Obaid Siddiqui Prize for the Best Paper in 2016 (2017)
  • In 2016

  • Sonali Saha: Obaid Siddiqui Prize for the Best Paper in 2015 (2016)
  • In 2015

  • Sunaina Surana: EMBO Short term fellowship (2015)
  • Sonali Saha: EMBO Long term Fellowship (2013)
  • Sunaina Surana: First Prize, Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award (2014)
  • Dr Krishna Dan: Chicago Biomedical Consortium Postdoctoral Research Grant Award (2015).
  • Sonali Saha: Zita Lobo Memorial Best Thesis Award (2015)
  • In 2014

  • Dhiraj Bhatia: Zita Lobo Memorial Best Thesis Award (2014)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia: HFSP Fellowship (2014)
  • Aneesh T Veetil: Wellcome Trust – DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellowship (declined)
  • Souvik Modi: Obaid Siddiqui Prize for the Best Paper in 2013 (2014)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia: First Prize, Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award (2013)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia: EMBO Long term Fellowship (2013) – declined.
  • Sunaina Surana: Malhotra-Weikfield Foundation Award for Nanoscience for outstanding research by PhD Scholars (2013)
  • Souvik Modi: Marie Curie Fellowship (Nov 2013)
  • In 2013

  • Sonali Saha: Best student talk at FNANO-13 (Apr 2013)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia: Charpak Fellowship (Sept 2012)
  • Souvik Modi: EMBO Long term Fellowship (Sept 2012),
  • Souvik Modi: First Prize, Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award (2012)
  • 2011 and earlier

  • Sunaina Surana: First Prize, Best Poster Award, Society of Biological Chemists (India) (2011)
  • Souvik Modi: International Travel Award, Biophysical Society (2009)
  • Justin Yeoman: Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship (2010)
  • Institute Awards:

  • Shabana Mehtab: First Prize, Best Poster Award, NCBS Annual Reviews (2014)
  • Sonali Saha: First Prize, Best Poster Award, NCBS Annual Reviews (2012)
  • Dhiraj Bhatia & Shabana Mehtab: First Prize, Best Poster Award, NCBS Annual Reviews (2010)
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