Hamsa Padmanabhan is currently a CITA Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics,and an Associate of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Toronto. She was previously a Tomalla post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She graduated from IUCAA, Pune, India with a Ph.D. in Physics in December 2015. A top student throughout school, college and university, she has won numerous prizes and been a recipient of prestigious fellowships at each stage of her career. In particular, having represented her country and won several awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2006, she became one of the few in the world who has the honour of a minor planet in the solar system being named after her.