20 January, 2021

Rajesh Gokhale

Chemical Biologist

Rajesh Gokhale
Ask a little boy what he’d like to do when he grows up and chances are he’ll say "a pilot", or better still, "a fighter pilot". But one outgrows that to careers that are equally magical. Rajesh S. Gokhale would agree. He leads a team that walks the tightrope of a multi-disciplinary research programme at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and structural biology through genome analysis. At the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, Gokhale’s team has been unravelling the success secrets of the infamous germ that causes tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

The TB germ can gestate within the human body for years without causing any infection, and understanding the chemistry of this feature could be a contribution to drug development. This germ is known for its high lipid (fatty molecules) content, and Gokhale’s group has found some unique ones on the germ’s cell wall and "dissected the complex biochemical pathways leading to the assembly of these...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Subhadra Menon

Latest Magazine

January 25, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section