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

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 2019.
  • aneesp[at]uchicago.edu
  • Anees is a Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Chicago.
  • Koushambi Mitra
  • Koushambi Mitra obtained her integrated PhD degree from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the year 2016. Her doctoral thesis work involved development of visible light-activated platinum(II) complexes as photochemotherapeutic agents. In the same year, she joined Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as a postdoctoral scholar where she synthesized and exploited far-red and near-infrared dyes for photouncaging of chemotherapeutic drugs. Thereafter, she continued her postdoctoral studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), where she investigated intercellular enzymatic processes with small molecule activity-based fluorescent sensors. Recently in 2020, she joined University of Chicago (UChicago) to develop organelle-targeted fluorescent probes for quantitative imaging and understanding of cellular signaling pathways. In her leisure time, Koushambi indulges herself in travelling, reading, writing and work-outs.
  • mitrak[at]uchicago.edu
  • Sourajit Mukherjee
  • I have completed my Ph.D. from Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Sujit K Sikdar. My doctoral thesis work involved exploring TREK-1 (a potassium ion channel) as a neuroprotective channel under ischemia-related conditions. I joined the Krishnan group in May 2021 to explore more about calcium-proton exchangers in lysosomes. Outside of the lab, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, explore different places and take interest to follow cricket and football.
  • sourajit[at]]uchicago.edu

Graduate students:

  • 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
   

Research technician

  • Ellie Tomasson
  • I am a recent graduate of the College with a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. I joined the Krishnan Group in February of 2019. My research interests focus on applying the Krishnan lab’s DNA-based molecular probes to the mitochondria. Outside of lab I like to read, listen to music, and play violin.
  • htomasson[at]]uchicago.edu
  • Katharine Henn
  • I am a recent graduate of the College with 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
  • Daphne Oettinger
  • I received a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Neurobiology with a minor in Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021 and joined the Krishnan group as a lab technician. I have a great curiosity about diseases of the aging brain and the possibility of exploiting biophysiological processes to create potential therapeutics. Outside of the lab, I love camping, hiking/backpacking, running, and tending to my garden.
  • doettinger[at]]uchicago.edu

Masters/Rotation/Visiting Students

Undergraduate students

  • Marta Beramendi-Conde
  • I am a fourth-year undergraduate in the College currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biological Chemistry and a Minor in Computer Science. I joined the Krishnan Group in March 2021. My research interests lie in understanding the intricate connections between biochemical regulatory mechanisms in the cell, and their relevance to pharmaceutical therapeutics. Outside of the lab, I am a peer health advocate for comprehensive sexual health education on campus, and love to do yoga.
  • mberamendiconde[at]]uchicago.edu

Administrator



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

In 2020

  • Anees: Suzuki Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • In 2018

  • Kasturi: Schmidt Science Fellow
  • 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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