Koushik Venkatesan was born on the 29th of June 1977 in Chennai, India. He received his MSc in Chemistry from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India in 1999. In 2000, he spent a year in the laboratory of Professor S.S. Krishnamurthy at the Indian Institute of Science, India working on polyphosphazenes.
He graduated in 2003 with a PhD (mit Auszeichnung) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland under the supervision of Professor Heinz Berke working on the synthesis and characterization of manganese complexes as scaffolds for potential single electron devices. In 2004, he joined Professor Timothy Swager’s group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) as SNSF postdoctoral fellow and then continued as a postdoctoral associate until December 2007 working towards the development of organometallic luminescent materials for sensors and liquid crystal applications.
Since February 2008, Koushik Venkatesan is Oberassistent and Habilitand at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Heinz Berke.