Harshini Mukundan

Senior Policy Advisor, The Council on Strategic Risks

Harshini Mukundan is the program manager for chemical and biological technologies, within the Office of National and Homeland Security at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. She is also a scientist in the Biosciences Division.

Before joining LBL, Harshi was the group leader for physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and led the development of diagnostics and surveillance technologies in the interest of National and Homeland security. in this capacity, she has worked with several agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Nuclear and Nonproliferation Security Administration, National Science Foundation, several Foundations and intelligence agencies. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is an inventor on 8 provisional and issued patents. Her technologies have received two R&D 100 awards, including a gold award for corporate social responsibility.

Harshi is a AAAS Fellow, a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, was recognized as a woman in technology (New Mexico Tech Council) and has received several other awards.