April 2024

5:00 PM IST

Room 019, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Central Campus
Ahmedabad University


Environmental Surveillance, One Health, and Beyond

The Nalanda
Rakesh Mishra | Nalanda Speaker at Ahmedabad University

Rakesh Mishra

Tata Institute for Genetics and Society
Ashim Rai | Moderator at Ahmedabad University

Ashim Rai

Assistant Professor
School of Arts and Sciences


Rakesh Mishra

. Rakesh Mishra, a distinguished scientist, earned his PhD from the University of Allahabad in 1986. He conducted his post-doctoral research across various prestigious institutions globally, including the Indian Institute of Science, University of Bordeaux, Saint Louis University, and University of Geneva. In 2016 , he assumed the role of directorship of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. Currently, Dr. Rakesh Mishra is the Director of the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bangalore. He is also Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), and J.C. Bose National Fellow at CCMB, Hyderabad. Under his leadership, CCMB established the Atal Incubation Centre, fostering life science entrepreneurship. Dr. Mishra's research focuses on non-coding DNA evolution, body axis formation genetics, and epigenetic regulation in development. He has a keen interest in environmental and genomic disease surveillance and the application of cutting-edge science and technology in addressing societal problems. With nearly 190 publications, he is honored as a fellow of esteemed national academies, including the Indian National Science Academy and the National Academy of Sciences, India.


Ashim Rai

Professor Ashim Rai is an Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University. He earned his PhD in 2016 from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. For his postdoctoral work, Professor Rai moved to University of Minnesota in 2016 where he studied mechanisms of motor regulation by adaptor proteins. At Ahmedabad University, Professor Rai’s research is directed towards building single-molecule tools to study the molecular mimicry mechanisms used by pathogenic factors to hijack the host cytoskeletal machinery.