I hail from Patna, the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar, India. I graduated with a B.S degree in agriculture from the Allahabad Agricultural Institute, obtained M.S degree in biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and earned my Ph.D. in molecular and environmental plant sciences from the Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. During my Ph.D., I worked with professor Kendal Hirschi on the aspects of functional and structural characterization of calcium transporters. After my Ph.D., I joined Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University and currently serving as a senior research associate. My research at BTI is largely focused on understanding the role of small-signaling molecules in mediating plant-pathogen interactions. I am also a co-founder of Ascribe Bioscience, agricultural biotech start-up company based in Ithaca, N.Y., and currently leading its R&D effort as a chief technology officer. Ascribe is developing biopesticides and other agricultural products based on soil microbiome-derived naturally occurring small signaling molecules. I have published more than 20 peer-reviewed research articles and several book chapters and served as editor/reviewer for peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Plant Science, etc. In my time away from work I enjoy long-driving, cooking, watching science-fiction movies, my family, and especially time with my son.