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Lakshmi Krishnan


Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan is the Vice-President of Life Sciences at the National Research Council, Canada (NRC). In this capacity, she oversees the Human Health Therapeutics, Aquatic and CropResource Development and Medical Devices research centers. She previously held the position of Director General for NRC-Human Heath Therapeutics Research Centre (2019-2021) and Director of NRC-Program in Vaccines & Immunotherapy (2015-2018).
As a globally recognized Life Sciences researcher, Dr. Krishnan has been a leader for driving innovation in the area of novel vaccines and biologics treatments for the improvement of human health. In her current role Dr. Krishnan is committed to Health technologies & Biomanufacturing Innovation and sustainable bio-economy.

Dr. Krishnan is member of a number of national, international and inter-governmental forums such as the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance, the National Synthetic Biology Steering Committee, CIHR’s Centre for research on Pandemic Preparedness & Health Emergencies, Government of Canada Life Sciences and Biomanufacturing Assistant-Deputy Ministers’ Committee and Canada Biomedical Research Fund Hubs Governance Committees. Previously, as Director General (DG) at the NRC she co-chaired the DG level-Vaccine Research Innovation & Development Committee which brought together 13-federal Canadian S&T departments to enable collaboration and co-innovation for vaccine development. She is the current Canadian Co-Chair, under the “Canada-South Korea Agreement on Science, Technology and Innovation” as well as the NRC representative at government of Canada international joint committees and has been an invited guest speaker in various international conferences.

Dr. Krishnan holds a Master's degree in Bio-medical Genetics from the University of Madras (India) and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the National Institute of Immunology in India. She completed her Post-Doctoral training at the University of Alberta and was a recipient of the Alberta Heritage Foundation Health Research Scholarship. Dr. Krishnan has published over 100 primary research articles in peer-reviewed journals primarily in the area of vaccine adjuvants and immunity to infection and is listed as an inventor on several patents on adjuvant technologies. She serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa and has mentored many graduate students.

In her free time, she volunteers with several not-for-profit organizations mentoring youth leadership skills and to pursue STEM careers.

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