Alakesh Bisai was born in Midnapore, West Bengal, India. After completing his undergraduate studies from Midnapore College, he decided to move to B.H.U, Varanasi, where he received his Master of Science with in Chemistry. Subsequently, he moved to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2000 for his doctoral studies in the group of Professor Vinod K. Singh in the area of enantioselective C-C bond forming reactions. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2006, he immediately started as a postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley with Professor Richmond Sarpong. The focus of his research is the total synthesis of "miscellaneous" class of Lycopodium alkaloids.
Email: alakesh at calmail dot berkeley dot edu