Latha received her B.Sc. from MIT in 1993 and her PhD from Harvard in 1999. She was a research scientist at Vytran corporation (1999–2002) and at Columbia University (2003–2007). Since 2007, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.
A molecule that links two metal electrodes could function like a chemically tunable miniature electronic device, provided that electrons can move easily across the molecular junction. A group in Leiden has now made highly conducting molecular junctions with benzene.