Mrs. C B Lakshmi did her graduation & post-graduation in Chemical Engineering from College of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad. She started her career in teaching in Loyola Academy, Secunderabad but moved to Regional Research Laboratory (currently Indian Institute of Chemical Technology), Hyderabad as Scientist-B in Chemical Engineering Division.

In June 2002 she became the Head of the Research Management Division. As part of the RMA activities she handled the Project Management, HR Management, International S&T Affairs including Foreign Deputations, IPR Management, Institutional Events Management, Conference Funding, Institutional Awards, Financial Management and Institutional Repository.