Yamuna earned her Bachelor's in Chemistry from 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 post doctoral research
fellow and an 1851 Research Fellow from 2001 to 2004 at department of Chemistry at
University of Cambridge, UK. Yamuna and her team spent about 8 years at National Centre
for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore, India pursuing cutting edge research in the
areas related to structure and dynamics of nucleic acids, nucleic acid nanotechnology,
cellular and subcellular technologies. She moved in August 2014 as Professor of Chemistry
at the University of Chicago.
Selected Recognitions2017 The Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences
2016 Innovator of the Year, Association of Women in Science, Chicago
2015 Scientific Innovations Award from the Brain Research Foundation
2015 Chemical Science Emerging Investigator
2014 Lo Spazio Della Politica’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2014
2014 AVRA Young Scientist Award
2014 Cell’s 40 under 40: the next generation of thinkers in biology.
2013 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Chemical Sciences
2012 YIM-Boston Young Scientist Award
2010 Wellcome Trust - DBT India Alliance Senior Award
2009 Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Medal.
2007 Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, Govt. of India.
Professor at University of ChicagoEmail: yamuna[at]uchicago.edu
Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
E305A, Gordon Centre for Integrative Science
929 E., 57th Ellis Avenue. IL60637.