Dr. Anitha Ethirajan studied engineering in her bachelor studies with a specialization in the field of polymers in India. Then, she moved to Germany and graduated M.Sc. in advanced materials in 2004 and started her research career at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Ulm University (Germany). She then pursued her doctoral studies (2004–2008) in the field of miniemulsion to develop hybrid nanomaterials under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry and Organic Materials, Ulm University (Germany). Afterwards, she worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (Germany) for the period 2008–2010 as a post-doc in the research group Physical Chemistry of Polymers. She then moved to Belgium and started working at the Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec), Hasselt University as a post-doc. In 2013, she received her FWO (Research foundation Flanders, Belgium) research fellowship and had an independent research group focusing on nanomaterials, nano-bio and soft matter interfaces, and molecularly imprinted polymer based sensors within the Institute for Materials Research at Hasselt University. In 2017, she was appointed as an associate professor at Hasselt University. Since 2021, she is a professor and is currently heading an interdisciplinary research group “ Nanobiophysics and Soft Matter Interfaces”.
She is also the coordinator of an interdisciplinary master programme: Master in Biomedical Sciences - ‘Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology’.