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Lakshmi Krishnan

Vice President, Life Sciences
National Research Council
Lakshmi Krishnan
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Lakshmi Krishnan is the Vice President of Life Sciences for the National Research Council.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Tenkasi, India

I now live in: Ottawa, Ontario

I completed my training/education at: M.Sc., (India), Ph.D. (National Institute of Immunology, India), Post-Doctoral Fellowship (University of Alberta)

What I do at work

At the National Research Council, I plan and develop research projects that will improve health and food security. I discuss with other scientists the progress of various projects and analyze scientific data. I also plan and execute experiments with my team. I participate in meetings with other senior executives in industry, government and universities to establish and conduct collaborative research. I review and allocate budgets. I also write business cases and business plans for large projects. I provide advice to other scientists and I participate in international and national meetings with scientists. I make decisions on priorities for my organization, and on promotion cases. I work in both English and French. As a scientist, I am able to be an administrator in a scientific organization, and understand key strategic areas of opportunity in my field.

My career path is

I always wanted to be a scientist. When I was a young child, I was fascinated about working with cool gadgets. I pursued a Masters in Genetics and then went on to do my Ph.D. in Immunology. That is where I became a specialist in Vaccine Development. I chose this field because I was fascinated by the way cellular processes work. I was interested in learning how we could develop cures for diseases. See my LinkedIn profile for more details of my career path.

I am motivated by

I like my job because every day brings new challenges. I get excited when an experiment works in the lab. It is also exciting when I can see the impact it will have in bringing a new solution for benefit of health. I enjoy that I can use my understanding of certain areas such as vaccine development in my job every day. I enjoy the diversity in my work place that brings together people to solve a problem.

How I affect people’s lives

I work on developing new vaccines as well as solutions to tackle diagnosis and treatment of infections and cancer. I feel every day that my work will bring social benefit to the society at large. My work will also help indirectly create new jobs in industry, and in society. I train students and scientists to excel in this field. I contribute to the advancement of science and make that work for Canada

Outside of work I

I love the outdoors (canoeing, hiking), and walking my dog Leo. I enjoy volunteering. I am very active with an international organization that imparts leadership and spirituality amongst youth. I enjoy music and reading.

My advice to others

Science is fun! Nurture your curiosity and find the field that fascinates you the most. Your journey can be beautiful and work will feel like play even though hours are long.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Foreign Languages
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Always wanted to be outside
  • Liked helping people
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Always knew exactly what I wanted to do
  • Learned best “by doing”
  • Loved music and painting

Explore Career Profiles

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    Yetong Dong

    Research Assistant/Graduate Student

    I am studying to become a scientific researcher.
  • Andrea Goldson-Barnaby headshot

    Andrea Goldson-Barnaby

    Head of the Food division

    I teach and do research on the topics of Food Chemistry and Food Processing.
  • Jo-Anne McArthur photographing hog in pen.

    Jo-Anne McArthur (she/her)

    Photojournalist, Founder

    I operate a non-profit media organization that shows the lives of animals in pictures.
  • Adrienne Ethier headshot

    Adrienne Ethier

    Environmental Risk Assessment Specialist

    I am responsible for evaluating potential exposure risks to people and the environment near nuclear facilities and mines.
  • Alyssa Smith headshot

    Alyssa Smith

    PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science

    I am researching how people’s attention is affected by factors in everyday life such as taking medications.
  • Karen Fleming at work, wearing mask and virtual reality goggles.

    Karen Fleming (she/her)

    Simulation Educator

    I help create education and training experiences that contribute to safer environments for patients.
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    Marcia Anderson (she/her)

    Physician and Vice-Dean Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

    I am a medical doctor and I work to help create culturally safe healthcare that is free of racism.
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    Luke Humphries

    Director, Process Development

    I lead teams of scientists to discover and develop the best ways of making drug molecules for clinical trials.
  • Sydney Robinson headshot taken outside with green leaves in background

    Sydney Robinson


    I am an entrepreneur who used my engineering background to design a device that helps amputees do daily tasks in a more painless manner.
  • Allison Guitor in her lab at McMaster University.

    Allison Guitor

    PhD student (antibiotic resistance)

    I study antibiotic resistance, which is what makes bacteria able to live in the presence of antibiotics.
  • Dr. Harpreet Kochhar at standup computer station in his office.

    Dr. Harpreet Kochhar


    I am the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
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    Isabel Hilgendag

    MSc Student (Biology)

    I look for heavy metals, such as mercury, in Arctic marine animals, to ensure they are safe to eat.
  • Manpreet Kaur in her lab

    Manpreet Kaur (She/Her)

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    I work on research projects to discover drugs to treat infectious diseases.
  • Ryan Mitchell headshot

    Ryan Mitchell

    Hatchery Supervisor

    My job is to supervise the daily workflow at our salmon hatchery.
  • Daryl Lawes

    Daryl Lawes

    Environment Manager

    I am responsible for all aspects of environmental protection, performance, and regulatory compliance for Seaspan Shipyards.
  • Portrait de Corie Houldsworth

    Corie Houldsworth


    I perform inspections of worksites where radiation is used, stored or transported.
  • Terra MacDonald at aquaculture site holding farmed salmon.

    Terra MacDonald (she/her)

    Veterinarian and Fish Health Manager

    As the veterinarian for Mowi Canada West, I care for the salmon at all life stages, from egg to harvest.
  • Isha Berry Headshot

    Isha Berry


    I look for patterns in disease outbreaks and health outcomes in populations across the world.
  • Clair Poulin hiking near wetland area

    Claire Poulin

    Zebrafish Researcher/Pre-Med Student

    I am researching how Zebrafish respond to lower oxygen levels in their environment.
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    Jasmin Chahal

    Assistant Professor

    I teach in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University.