Dr. Poornima Padmanabhan received her bachelor’s degree (B. Tech.) in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras located in India. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2016 working in the area of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics with a focus on modeling polymer self-assembly for various applications. Following her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University to study colloidal gels with a view to understanding the underlying microstructural evolution leading to the macroscopic collapse of gels under gravity. She has presented her past work at American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and American Physical Society (APS) annual meetings.
Dr. Padmanabhan is also actively involved in increasing the presence of women in science by promoting professional development of the graduate student and postdoctoral community at Cornell and engaging high school girls and their families through outreach events in upstate NY. She received an Alice H. Cook and Constance E. Cook Recognition Award for efforts in improving climate for women at Cornell University.