Alakesh was born July 23, 1977 in Midnapore, West Bengal, India. After completing his undergraduate studies from Midnapore College, he decided to move to BHU Varanasi, where he received his Master of Science with in Chemistry. Subsequently, he moved to the IIT 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 completing his Ph.D. thesis in 2006, he immediately started as a postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley, CA with Professor Richmond Sarpong where he worked in the area of total synthesis of "miscellaneous" class of Lycopodium alkaloids. In December, 2009 he left UC Berkeley and join IISER Bhopal as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Since then his group is actively engaged in development of methodologies for C-C bond-forming reactions that took advantage of Lewis-acid catalyzed processes, various oxidative coupling reactions, C-H activations, and enantioselective methodologies. He is working as a Professor of Chemistry at IISER Bhopal since January, 2018. His research group is actively involved in the target oriented total syntheses of various architecturally complex and biologically active natural products.
In May, 2019, he moved to IISER Kolkata on long-leave (lien) to join as a Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences and setting up a laboratory for Organic Synthesis directed for the total syntheses of architecturally intriguing and biologically relevance alkaloids.
About Alakesh
Positions Held

  • Professor (May 2019 - till date): Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Kolkata, INDIA
  • Professor (January 2018 - May 2020): Department of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal, INDIA
  • Professor (January 2018 - till date): Department of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal, INDIA
  • Associate Professor (November 2013 - January 2018): Department of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal, INDIA.
  • Assistant Professor (December 2009 - November 2013): Department of Chemistry,  IISER Bhopal, INDIA.
  • Post-Doctoral (October 2006 - December 2009): Department of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), (March 2023)
  • Prof. A. Srikrishna Memorial Lecture 2023 (UoH)
  • CDRI Award 2022 for Excellence in Drug Research (2022)
  • SERB Special Call on 'Reagentless Chemistry' 2022
  • Prof. Dhananjay Nasipuri Memorial Award 2021 (ICS)
  • Silver Medal, Chintan Rasayan Sanstha (CRS) 2021 (June 2021)
  • SERB-STAR Award (2021-2024)
  • Bronze Medal, CRSI, India (July 2020)
  • Fellow, Indian Chemical Society (FICS), (July 2020)
  • Young Scientist Award by CRSI, India (July, 2018)
  • Lead Lecture at 'Pfizer Symposium' at IISc Bangalore (January, 2016)
  • Young Scientist Award by the BRNS, DAE (2011-2014) through a research grant
  • DST Fast-Track Research Project (March, 2013-February, 2016) for Young Scientist
  • GRC award to Post-docs by chair, 17th GRC on Stereochemistry (2008), RI, USA

Office address
Room No. 3, TRC 3rd Floor
Dept of Chemical Sciences
IISER Kolkata
Mohanpur, Nadia - 741 246
West Bengal, India
Mobile  : +91 - 789-819-5689
              : +91 - 810-914-7619

Tele.       :  +91-336-136-0000
                     then 1347 (Office)
                :   +91-336-136-0000
                     then 1555 (Lab1)
                     then 2143 (Lab2)

Email     : alakesh@iiserkol.ac.in
               : alakeshb@gmail.com

Professional Services

  • Faculty in-Charge, Guest House, IISER Kolkata (Dec., 2022 - till date)
  • Convener, PGAC Committee, DCS, IISER Kolkata (Jan., 2022 - till date)
  • Member, Board of Studies for Chemistry, Midnapore College (July, 2022 - till date)
  • Coordinator, SRP (J & K and Ladakh), IISER Kolkata (2022)
  • Member, Campus Oversight Committee, IISER Kolkata (Jan., 2022 - till date)
  • Advisory Board, Indian Chemical Society (2020 - till date)
  • Coordinator, SRP (Summer Research Program, IISER Kolkata (2020)
  • Member, UGAC Committee, DCS, IISER Kolkata (January, 2020 - January, 2022)
  • Member, Institution's Innovation Cell (IIC), IISER Kolkata (July, 2019 - till date)
  • Convener, Safety Committee, DCS, IISER Kolkata (July, 2019 - till date)

Services at IISER Bhopal

  • Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), IISER Bhopal (July 01, 2015 - April 05, 2019)
  • Dean of the Faculty Affairs (DoFA) (Jan. 01, 2015 - Jan. 01, 2017)
  • Member, Departmental Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC) (Jan. 01, 2017 - Jan 30, 2020)
  • Member, Departmental Undergraduate Committee (DUGC) (Jan. 01, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019)
  • Member, Departmental Course Allocation Committee (DCAC) (Jan. 01, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Chairperson, Health Center User Committee (HUC) (Jan. 01, 2015 - Jan. 01, 2017)
  • Member, Departmental Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC) (Jan. 01, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013)
  • Coordinator, Outreach Activities (Jan. 01, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2015)
  • Convener, DUGC and DPGC, Chemistry (Feb. 01, 2011- Apr. 30, 2013)
  • Convener, Rate Contract Committee (Jan. 01, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2013)
  • Warden of Hostel, IISER Bhopal (July 01, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2011)
  • Member, Anti-Ragging Committee (July 01, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2011)


Invited Lectures (India and Abroad)
  • 4th Flow Chemistry and Natural Products synthesis symposium organised by NIPER Kolkata ( December 18-19, 2023)

  • ETCS 2023 organised by BHU( December 15-16, 2023)

  • IMMT ( November 20, 2023)






  • Organic Chemistry Conference (OCC) organized by NOST (February 17-20, 2023)


  • A. Srikrishna Memorial Lecture, UoH (January 20, 2023)





  • Webinar on 'Trends in Organometallic Chemistry' by ACS-INDIA (Dec. 15, 2022)

  • Contemporary Facets in Organic Synthesis - RSC-CFOS-2022, IIT Roorkee (Dec. 1-4, 2022)








  • Invited Lecture at National Workshop at IIT Patna






  • Invited Lecture at Presidency University (FCFA-2020) National Webinar Series (September 25-26, 2020) on "Frontiers in Chemistry: From Fundamentals to Applications (FCFA)"

  • Invited Lecture at RACMS-2020 Conference (Recent Advances in Chemistry and Material Sciences), Indian Chemical Society (August 2-3, 2020)




  • Invited Lecture at 'SERB-VORTEX' Meeting at IIT Bombay, 13th -14th February, 2020





  • Celebrating 10 Glorious Years of IIT Indore "Emerging Trends in Chemistry - 2019" at the Dept. of Chemistry at IIT Indore, Madhya Pradesh (12th - 15th July, 2019)






  • XVIX-NOST-OCC Meeting at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Goa (6th - 9th September, 2018)


  • 'Emerging Trends in Drugs Development and Natural Products 2018 (ETDDNP-2018)' at University of Delhi, Delhi (12th - 14th January, 2018)




  • 'Invited Talk at CSIR-IICB Kolkata (19th Dec, 2017)


  • 'Invited Talk at IISER Mohali (30th June, 2017)' in connection with Ph.D. Thesis defense of Mr. Ramarao Parella

  • 'Invited Talk at BASF Mumbai (15th February, 2017)

  • 'National Seminar on Recent Trends in Synthesis, Reactivity and Catalysis 2017' organized by Dibrugarh University, Assam (9th - 10th March, 2017)
  • 'International Conference on Recent Trends of Chemical & Biological Sciences in Medicine, Natural Products and Drug Discovery 2017' organized by Berhampur University, Odisha (3rd - 5th March, 2017)


  • 'International Conference in Organic Synthesis 21' organized by IIT Bombay, (11th - 16th December, 2016)



  • '10th CRSI-RSC Joint Symposium' and '18th National Symposium in Chemistry - CRSI 2016' organized by Punjab University and INST Mohali, (4th - 7th February, 2016)

  • 'Pfizer Endowment Lecture' at Department of Organic Chemistry, IISc Bangalore (19th - 20th January, 2016)

  • Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Kolkata (4th Jan., 2016)

  • 'New Frontiers in Chemistry- from Fundamentals to Applications' at Department of Chemistry, BITS Goa (NFCFA - 2015) (18th - 19th December, 2015)

  • 'Inter IISER Chemistry Meet - 2015' at Department of Chemistry, IISER Thiruvananthapuram (IICM-2015) (4th - 6th December, 2015)

  • 'IISERB - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Symposium' at Department of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal (FICS-2014) (18th May, 2015)

  • 'Frontiers in Chemical Sciences (FICS)' at Department of Chemistry, IIT Guwahati (FICS-2014) (4th- 6th December)

  • INDO-GERMAN Conference on "Bioinspired Chemistry" (IGCBIC-2014) (10th-13th September), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

  • School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad (UoH), INDIA (26th August, 2014)

  • Nature Inspired Initiatives in Chemical Treands (NIICT-2014) (2nd - 5th March, 2014), CSIR-IICT Hyderabad, INDIA


  • INDO-GERMAN Conference on "Complex Chemical Systems" (3rd-5th December, 2012) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, INDIA.

  • Young Scientist Research Meeting (YSRA) (26th-27th November, 2012) by the BARC, DAE, Mumbai, INDIA.

  • XV NOST-Organic Chemistry Conference (NOST-OCC) (10th-13th October, 2012)  Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra, INDIA.

  • Advances in Pharmaceutical Research and Chemistry (22nd-24th March, 2012) National Institute of Technical Teachers' and Training (NITTTR) Bhopal, Shamla Hills, INDIA.

  • 3rd INDIGO Ph.D. Research Conference and Intensive Course (12th - 16th February, 2012) Mahabalipuram, Chennai, INDIA.

  • Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK (28th September, 2010) during UK visit organized by Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Department of Chemistry, Cardiff University, UK (27th September, 2010) during UK visit organized by Royal Society of Chemistry.

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