Ananya was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She joined the University of Chicago in Autumn 2018 as an undergraduate molecular engineering major. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing violin, and composing music.
Liquid crystals are materials that will change alignment and orientation based on changing environmental conditions. Ananya's research focuses on liquid crystal systems, such as biopolymer and thermotropic systems. This involves studying colloid interactions, specifically the incorporation of motion of colloids in biopolymer liquid crystals and colloid induced transitions in thermotropic liquid crystals.