Dr. Rakesh Mishra did his university education from the University of Allahabad and received his Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) degree in 1986. Subsequently, he started his career in biology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has several years of research experience at the University of Bordeaux (France), University of Saint Louise (USA) and University of Geneva (Switzerland). He joined CCMB 2001 where he is studying regulation of genome information and evolution of complexity in biological systems. His lab is also interested in how genome interacts with environmental factors. He has edited a few books, contributed to several books and published more than 100 research papers in national and international journals. He is elected fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Science and National Academy of Science, India. He is J C Bose National Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India.