Dr. K. V. Radhakrishnan was born in Kodungallur, Kerala, India. He received his B.Sc. (1986-1989) and M.Sc. (1990-1991) degrees from Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India (University of Calicut), and Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) from University of Kerala with first rank for the year 2014-2016. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Kerala in 1998 under the supervision of Dr. Vijay Nair at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum. Subsequently he held postdoctoral positions at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, with Professor Yoshinori Yamamoto; at the Molecumetics Institute, Bellevue, WA, with Professor Michael Kahn, and at NPG Research Institute, Raleigh, NC, with Professor Bert Fraser-Reid. He joined CSIR-NIIST as a Scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Technology Division in May 2002. His research interests include the development of novel synthetic methodologies utilizing pentafulvenes as synthons, synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations toward pharmaceutically important molecules, organic photochemistry and phytochemistry with special focus on bioprospecting of medicinal plants from Western Ghats. In addition to the above, he is an active participant in a number of collaborative projects in the process development of functional organic materials, APIs, agrochemicals, chemical intermediates and nutraceutical products for use in a variety of applications. His research group is having interdisciplinary students, both students working for PhD in Chemical Sciences and Biological Sciences.