Short CV/Education and training

  • Madhavi did her undergraduate work in Engineering at Anna University, Chennai, India and has graduate and doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow she did postdoctoral work in single molecule biophysics at the Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany, following which she received a Marie Curie Fellowship to work in nanophotonics at ETH Zurich. In 2011 she spent a few months as a visiting scholar at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Since 2012 she is Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, endowed with a Professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and an affiliated member of the Dept. of Physics, University of Zurich.

Selected publications

  • Measuring the size and charge of single nanoscale objects in solution using an electrostatic fluidic trap; Mojarad & Krishnan, Nature Nanotechnology 7 (2012) 448-452

  • Geometry-induced electrostatic trapping of nanometric objects in a fluid; Krishnan et al., Nature 467 (2010) 692-695

  • PCR in a Rayleigh-Bénard convection cell; Krishnan et al., Science 298 (2002) 793


Media coverage

  • NRC Handelsblad Oct 16, 2010 (Leading Dutch daily)

  • Neue Zürcher Zeitung Oct 20, 2010 (Leading Swiss daily)

  • Spektrum der Wissenschaft June 2011

  • physicsworld.com Oct 6, 2010, among several scientific news websites

  • SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen) DRS1 June 16, 2011

Additional qualifications

  • Sub group in the Nano-optics Group, ETH Zurich, 2008 – 2011


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