Yamuna Krishnan, Ph.D.

The University of Chicago

Yamuna Krishnan is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago since 2014. She received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and was an 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Yamuna uses DNA nanodevices as reporters of ions, small molecules and enzyme activity to study organelle function and cell physiology. She pioneered the use of DNA-nanotechnology to study living systems and its use in precision medicine. Selected honors include the Infosys Prize for Physical Sciences in 2017 and Bhatnagar Award among others. She was featured in Cell’s 40 Under 40 of scientists who are shaping current and future trends in Biology.