Gouri Ambika is presently Professor in Physics and Dean, Graduate studies in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India. With PhD in Theoretical Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India, her research interests are centred on Nonlinear Dynamics, Complex dynamical systems and analysis of time series. Ambika has served in diverse academic positions before joining IISER Pune in 2006.
Since school days, she has an inclination to arts and passion for paining. Starting with sketches and watercolour paintings, she moved to oil paining on canvas before she finished college. Inspired by great artists of Renaissance era and realistic painters like Raja Ravi Varma, she concentrated mainly on painting realistic portraits for some time and slowly shifted to still life and scenery. Recently she got interested in impressionist styles and works on abstract paintings, which portray scientific themes, mostly from her area of research, blended uniquely with impressionism.