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Tell us about what you do?

Maha Krishnamurthy is a licensing associate for the University of Tennessee Research Foundation – Multidisciplinary (Knoxville) Office. She is responsible for intellectual property portfolio management and commercialization of UT’s technologies from plant biotechnology, college of engineering, arts and sciences. Maha’s expertise includes bridging the gap between research and business by evaluating patentable inventions to identify suitable commercial partners, and coordinating a variety of interactions with companies and individuals interested in commercializing UT’s technologies.

What was your career path?

Prior to joining UTRF, Maha was an intellectual property commercialization, licensing and maturation consultant with clients such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; she provided essential support to ensure successful technology commercialization. Before that stint as a consultant, Maha was a postdoctoral research associate with the University of Tennessee and published over twenty top cited peer reviewed papers.

Where did you study?

Maha has a doctor of philosophy in physics from Colorado State University, as well as a MBA from the University of Tennessee. Now a United States citizen, Maha was born in Mumbai, India and first came to the U.S. 14 years ago at Colorado State University and Stanford’s Accelerator Center. Prior to coming to the U.S. Maha received a master’s degree in laser and plasma physics from University of Mumbai, India.