Kalyani Ananthakrishnan is from India. She came to the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign to pursue her masters in Bioprocessing and Bioenergy. Kalyani completed her Bachelor of Technology degree from SRM Institute of Science and Technology in Chennai, India with a major in Biotechnology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she developed an interest in the bioprocessing field. Her interest led her into working on a project involved in the removal of fermentation inhibitors formed during acidic pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass, using enzymes produced by Trichoderma sp.. With the Professional Science Masters course, Kalyani aims to acquire knowledge from the science as well as the business curriculum that will make her stand out in the crowd and will also be beneficial while working in the industry.