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About Niranjana Krishnan

Niranjana Krishnan obtained her PhD in Toxicology from Iowa State University. Her current research interests include employing in vivo, in vitro, and in silico methods to assess risk of chemical exposures to invertebrate species, including species of conservation concern: NKrishnan QuadChart 2021.pptx

New Faculty 2021-2022


April 2021 - Present Assistant Research Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Biological Sciences
March 2021 Postdoctoral Associate, Iowa State University ‐ Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Curriculum Vitae



2022 - 2023 Elucidation of arrested pupal ecdysis: a novel, newly discovered insecticidal mode of action to manage a diversity of insect pests
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems.
Role: PI
2022 Elucidating differences in pesticide susceptibility across two butterfly species
Missouri S&T
First Year Research Experience Program.
Role: PI
2020 Understanding the effect neonicotinoid insecticides have on insect pupal development
Iowa State University
Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Incentive Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
2019 - 2020 Assessing the risk of insecticides to monarch butterflies
Xerces Society
Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award
Role: Principal Investigator
2018 - 2020 Evaluation of a Varroa Mite (Varroa destructor)-Active dsRNA via Dietary Exposure to Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Larvae
Bayer Crop Science
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
2018 - 2019 Milkweed in Prairie Plots in Agricultural Landscapes: Assessing Risks of Insecticide Exposure to Monarch Butterfly Larvae
Prairie Biotic Research, Inc
Small Grants
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Subcommittee Chair, Inclusive Diversity Committee, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
2019 - 2020 Outreach Blog Chair, North America Student Affairs Committee, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
2019 - 2020 President, Toxicology Graduate Student Organization, Iowa State University
2018 - 2019 Chair, Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference, Iowa State University
2017 - 2018 Senator, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Iowa State University
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper Award, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University
  • Jean L. Laffoon Memorial Scholarship, Iowa State University
  • Supplemental Training for Education Program Award, Society of Toxicology
  • Leadership Award, Iowa State University
  • AGRO Division Education Award, American Chemical Society
  • Student Attendance Grant, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


2021 PhD, Iowa State University, USA ‐ Toxicology
2013 MS, Vellore Institute of Technology, India ‐ Biomedical Genetics
2011 BS, University of Mumbai, India ‐ Microbiology

Contact Information

105 Schrenk Hall
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409



Research Works (6)