Dr Rajesh Gokhale, winner of the Infosys Foundation Prize 2013 for Life Sciences
Prior to this, he served as a faculty at NII in the area of Chemical and Systems Biology.
Dr Gokhale holds a doctorate degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in the area of protein folding and stability. He then pursued his post-doctoral work at Stanford University in polyketide synthases and secondary metabolite biosynthesis.
In his exclusive interview with BioSpectrum's Raj Gunashekar, he says that students' interest in research need to be encouraged at a very early stage in their education.
In order to pursue research, he says, the current generation need to understand that passion should eclipse the mentality of making money alone.
His work on the tuberculosis bacteria has great potential for drug discovery and identifying targets, opening up many avenues for pharmaceutical companies.