Shyamkumar was born in Kerala, India. He did his BS-MS dual degree in chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram. He did his Master thesis and internships under the supervision of Dr. Kana M. Sureshan in IISER TVM. His master thesis was focussed on developing 2D polymers via topochemical polymerization. His hobbies include playing volleyball, watching movies and hanging out with friends.