I was born in Chennai on 24th of February, 1985 to Mr K. Venkatraman & Mrs V. Vidya. I was schooled at Sri Sankara Vidyalaya (Pammal, Chennai) up to my secondary school education and Government School (Anakaputhur, Chennai) for my high school education where I stood first in the school. During schooling apart from the curricular activities, I had an interest in science and participated in a few science exhibitions and won prizes at school and district level.
I did my Bachelors and Masters in chemistry at Guru Nanak College, Chennai affiliated to the University of Madras. I was a college topper during my B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses and was a University 5th Rank holder in M.Sc. At the end of the first year of my Masters, I was selected for a summer internship at Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam. There I was exposed to scientific research activities and instilled interest for research, especially in physical chemistry more specific towards LASER chemistry. To pursue my scientific research, I joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, as a PhD student. My research interest at IISc was focused on understanding how solvents can influence a plethora of chemical and biological processes using LASER techniques.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the IPC Department of the Indian Institute of Science. My current research focus is to understand the influence of solvation dynamics on the photophysics and photochemistry of various technologically relevant chemical model systems using state-of-the-art laser techniques which can resolve time ranging from a quadrillionth to trillionth of a second. These techniques can be thought of a camera with a shutter speed fast enough to capture the molecular motions, frame by frame and make a molecular motion picture in real-time.
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