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Swathi Murali

Swathi Murali

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329 Whitmore Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-6758


Hey! My name is Swathi Murali. I hail from Chennai, India but lived most of my life in Dubai. I completed my undergrad in BE (Hons.) Biotechnology from BITS – Pilani, Dubai Campus in 2016. Since I was very little, I always wanted to pursue forensics and my inspiration comes from a fictional character named ‘Feluda’ created by an Indian author, Satyajit Ray. For me, coming to Penn State is a dream come true. Years from now, I hope to build a strong career in criminalistics and crime scene investigation. Apart from that, I do enjoy dancing, watching movies and teaching.

Research Interests

My research, under the guidance of Mr. Ralph Ristenbatt, will delve into the flow of blood through fabrics backed by different materials. The goal is to study and analyze these patterns using larger volumes of blood in the hope of contributing to the field I love so much.