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.
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About Alakesh
Positions Held

  • 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
  • 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

231, Academic Building II
Department of Chemistry
IISER Bhopal
Bhopal Bypass Road
Bhauri, Bhopal - 462 066
Madhya Pradesh, India
Phone    :  +91-755-669-1327; 269-1327
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Professional Services

  • Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) (Jul. 01, 2015 -  till date)
  • Dean of the Faculty Affairs (DoFA) (Jan. 01, 2015 - Jan. 01, 2017)
  • Chairperson, Health Center User Committee (HUC) (Jan. 01, 2015 - Jan. 01, 2017)
  • Member, Departmental Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC) (Jan. 01, 2017 - till date)
  • Member, Departmental Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC) (Jan. 01, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013)
  • Member, Departmental Undergraduate Committee (DUGC) (Jan. 01, 2018 - till date)
  • Member, Departmental Course Allocation Committee (DCAC) (Jan. 01, 2017 - till date)
  • 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)

  • Catalysis and Organometallic Conference at Holiday Inn, Goa (13th - 16th December, 2018)'; Talk Title: "Catalytic Deacylative Alkylations (DaA) for the Total Synthesis of Hexahydro[2,3-b]-pyrroloindoline Alkaloids" (https://www.catalysis-india.com/)

  • XVIX-NOST-OCC Meeting at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Goa (6th - 9th September, 2018)'; Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing Natural Products as Inspiration for the Development of New Methodologies"

  • 'Organic Chemistry Symposium @ IIT Kanpur 2018 (OCS@IITK-2018)' at IIT Kanpur, UP (18th - 20th January, 2018); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing Natural Products of Biological Relevance"

  • 'Emerging Trends in Drugs Development and Natural Products 2018 (ETDDNP-2018)' at University of Delhi, Delhi (12th - 14th January, 2018); Talk Title: "Architecturally Intriguing Natural Products as Inspiration for the Development of Expeditious Synthetic Strategies"


  • '54th Annual Convention of Chemists' at Uka Tarsadia University, Surat (23rd - 25th December, 2017); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing Natural Products via Deacylative Functionalization"


  • 'Invited Talk at CSIR-IICB Kolkata (19th Dec, 2017)'; Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Complex Natural Products"

  • 'Advances in Organic Synthesis 2017 (AOS-2017)' organized by CSIR-NCL Pune (31st July, 2017); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Complex Natural Products of Biological Relevance"

  • 'Invited Talk at IISER Mohali (30th June, 2017)' in connection with Ph.D. Thesis defense of Mr. Ramarao Parella; Talk Title: "Efficient Strategies for Asymmetric Total Syntheses of Architecturally Complex Alkaloids"

  • 'Invited Talk at BASF Mumbai (15th February, 2017)'; Talk Title: "Efficient Strategies for Architecturally Intriguing Alkaloids Sharing Quaternary Stereocenters"

  • 'National Seminar on Recent Trends in Synthesis, Reactivity and Catalysis 2017' organized by Dibrugarh University, Assam (9th - 10th March, 2017); Talk Title: "Unified Approach for the Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing and Biologically Active Natural Products"
  • '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); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing Natural Products of Biological Relevance"

  • '11th CRSI-RSC Joint Symposium' and '20th National Symposium in Chemistry (NSC)' organized by Gauhati University, Tezpur University and IIT Guwahati, (2nd - 5th February, 2017); Talk Title: "Unified Approach to the Biologically Active Complex Natural Products"

  • 'International Conference in Organic Synthesis 21' organized by IIT Bombay, (11th - 16th December, 2016); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Intriguing Indole Alkaloids of Biological Relevance"

  • 'Swarna Jayanti Fellowship Proposal 2016' organized by DST at Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, (20th August, 2016); Talk Title: " Total Syntheses of Indeno-Tetrahydropyridine Alkaloids, Haouamines A and B Having a Non-Planar Aromatic Ring, with Anti-Cancer Activities"

  • 'Recent Trends in Chemistry Research' organized by Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, (4th March, 2016); Talk Title: "Efficient Strategies for Total Syntheses of Natural Products of Biological Relevance"

  • '10th CRSI-RSC Joint Symposium' and '18th National Symposium in Chemistry - CRSI 2016' organized by Punjab University and INST Mohali, (4th - 7th February, 2016); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Biologically Active Complex Alkaloids"

  • 'Pfizer Endowment Lecture' at Department of Organic Chemistry, IISc Bangalore (19th - 20th January, 2016); Talk Title: "Total Syntheses of Architecturally Complex Indole Alkaloids of Biological Relevance"

  • Department of Chemical Sciences, IISER Kolkata (4th Jan., 2016); Talk Title: "Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Transformations (DYKAT) as a Strategic Platform for Total Syntheses of Natural Products"

  • 'New Frontiers in Chemistry- from Fundamentals to Applications' at Department of Chemistry, BITS Goa (NFCFA - 2015) (18th - 19th December, 2015); Talk Title: "Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Transformations (DYKAT) of a Mixture of Allylesters and Allylcarbonates: Total Syntheses of Indole Alkaloids Sharing Quaternary Stereocenters"

  • 'Inter IISER Chemistry Meet - 2015' at Department of Chemistry, IISER Thiruvananthapuram (IICM-2015) (4th - 6th December, 2015); Talk Title: "Exploring the Dynamic Kinetic Asymmetric Transformations (DYKAT) of a Complex Mixture: Total Syntheses of Indole Alkaloids Sharing Quaternary Stereocenters"

  • 'IISERB - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Symposium' at Department of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal (FICS-2014) (18th May, 2015); Talk Title: "Asymmetric Total Syntheses of Cyclotryptamine and Ergot Alkaloids"

  • 'Frontiers in Chemical Sciences (FICS)' at Department of Chemistry, IIT Guwahati (FICS-2014) (4th- 6th December); Talk Title: "Enantioselective Construction of Vicinal All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters via Sequential Decarboxylative Allylations: Total Synthesis of (+)-Folicanthine"

  • INDO-GERMAN Conference on "Bioinspired Chemistry" (IGCBIC-2014) (10th-13th September), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; Talk Title: "Asymmetric Total Syntheses of Dimeric Indole Alkaloids of Biological Importance"

  • School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad (UoH), INDIA (26th August, 2014); Talk Title: "Synthetic Approaches to Biologically Relevant Bis-Indole Alkaloids with Complex Architecture"

  • Nature Inspired Initiatives in Chemical Treands (NIICT-2014) (2nd - 5th March, 2014), CSIR-IICT Hyderabad, INDIA; Talk title: "Expeditious Approach to the Bis-cyclotryptamine Alkaloids Utilizing a Catalytic Double Enantioselective Alkylations"

  • 4th INDIGO Ph.D. Research Conference and Intensive Course (6th - 10th October, 2013), Ludwigshafen (BASF) & University of Regensburg, Germany. Talk title: "Construction of Vicinal Quaternary Stereocenters via a Catalytic Double Diastereoselective and Enantioselective Tsuji Allylations"

  • INDO-GERMAN Conference on "Complex Chemical Systems" (3rd-5th December, 2012) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, INDIA. Talk title: "Unified Approach to the Indole Alkaloids Sharing Vicinal All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters"

  • Young Scientist Research Meeting (YSRA) (26th-27th November, 2012) by the BARC, DAE, Mumbai, INDIA. Talk title: "Strategies and Tactics towards the Total Synthesis of Icetaxane and [6,5,6]-abeo-Abietane Skeleton"

  • XV NOST-Organic Chemistry Conference (NOST-OCC) (10th-13th October, 2012)  Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra, INDIA. Talk Title: "Intramolecular Dehydrogenative Coupling (IDC) Strategy for the Synthesis of Indole Alkaloids".

  • Advances in Pharmaceutical Research and Chemistry (22nd-24th March, 2012) National Institute of Technical Teachers' and Training (NITTTR) Bhopal, Shamla Hills, INDIA. Talk Title: "Intramolecular Dehydrogenative Coupling (IDC) of sp2 C-H and sp3 C-H Bonds"

  • 3rd INDIGO Ph.D. Research Conference and Intensive Course (12th - 16th February, 2012) Mahabalipuram, Chennai, INDIA. Talk Title: "Intramolecular Dehydrogenative Coupling (IDC) of sp2 C-H and sp3 C-H Bonds: Convenient Approach to Natural Products having all Carbon Quaternary Center".

  • Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK (28th September, 2010) during UK visit organized by Royal Society of Chemistry. Talk title: "Synthesis of Architecturally Complex Lycopodium Alkaloids via Oxidative Bond-Forming Reactions".

  • Department of Chemistry, Cardiff University, UK (27th September, 2010) during UK visit organized by Royal Society of Chemistry. Talk title: "Unified Strategy toward the Total Syntheses of the complex 'Miscellaneous' Lycopodium Alkaloids".

  • Gregynog Synthesis Workshop, UK (24th - 26th September, 2010) organized by the Organic Division of Royal Society of Chemistry. Talk title: "Oxidative Bond-Forming Strategy in the Context of the Syntheses of Lycopodium Alkaloids".
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