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Dr. Rajesh S.

Gokhale
Dr. Rajesh S. Gokhale
M.Sc., 1990, BioTechnology

Current status/
Dr. Rajesh S. Gokhale is the Director of CSIR-Institute of
position/ designation Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB). In his capacity,
he has led interdisciplinary initiatives that have spawned new
avenues in the area of functional genomics research and
healthcare. He is also Co-founder of Vyome Biosciences
(VYOME), a biopharmaceutical company developing best in
class drugs for dermatology care utilizing genomics knowledge.

Educational
qualifications
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After completing his M.Sc from IIT Bombay, Dr Gokhale


completed his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Science
(IISc), Bangalore in the area of protein folding and stability and
then carried out Postdoctoral work at Stanford University in
polyketide synthases and secondary metabolite biosynthesis.
Earlier, he did his graduation in B.Sc. Chemistry from Delhi
University.

Your contribution to
the field of your work
and/ or society. Any
special initiative
taken by you (200
words approx.)

Dr Gokhales scientific contributions have earned him


international recognition in understanding tuberculosis
pathogenesis, with a focus to understand complex cell
envelope coat of mycobacterium - a unique feature of this
pathogen. His research has provided new insights into the
chemico-cellular trestle of mycobacteria, providing new
opportunity to delineate remarkable dormancy dynamics of this
infectious agent. He has now set up a major programme in the
area of understanding skin pigmentation homeostasis, with
particular interest in delineating chronic unpredictable
disfiguring disorder vitiligo.

Special memories
associated with IIT
Bombay
(100 words approx.)

Since BioTechnology was a new group then, there was


tremendous emotional connect between faculties and students
and was a truly inspiring and determining phase of my career.
Other activities on-campus and the H8 folks; C1Rites specially
all very special

Professional
experience
(200 words approx.)

Dr. Gokhale has previously worked as Staff Scientist at National


Institute of Immunology and is now Director at CSIR-Institute of
Genomics and Integrative Biology. He is also Honorary Faculty
member with Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific
Research, Bangalore

Awards/ Recognitions Dr Gokhale is recipient of several awards including, the Infosys


(if any)
Prize 2013 in Life Sciences, India; Howard Hughes Medical
Institute International Research Scholar, USA, Swarnajayanti
Fellowships, India; Shanti Swaroop Bhatanagar Prize in
Biological Science, India; and National Bioscience Award for
Career Development, India, Wellcome Trust Senior Ressearch
Fellow, UK to mention prominent ones.
He is a member of several Scientific Advisory Committees and
is also a section editor of Tuberculosis journal and on the
advisory board of Natural Product Reports. He is a Fellow of
Indian National Science Academy (F.N.A.), New Delhi, Fellow of
the National Academy of Sciences (F.N.A.Sc.), Allahabad, Fellow
of Indian Academy of Sciences (F.A.Sc.), Bangalore

Hobbies
(50 words approx.)

Sports enthusiast and enjoy reading

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Your mantra for
success

Dream big and do not be afraid to fail