OBCL: Organic and bioconjugate chemistry LABoratory


Vishal RAI

Positions held

Professor: IISER Bhopal, India, June 2022 - till date

Swarnajayanti Fellow: IISER Bhopal, India, Mar 2020 - till date

Associate Professor: IISER Bhopal, India, May 2017 - June 2022

Ramanujan Fellow: IISER Bhopal, India, July 2011 - June 2016

Assistant Professor: IISER Bhopal, India, May 2011 - April 2017

Additional positions

Advisory Board Member, Chemical Science, RSC, UK, 2023-2025

Editor-in-Chief search committee member, ACS Publications, 2022-

Early Career Board Member, ACS Chemical Biology, August 2020 - till date

Council Member, National Organic Symposium Trust (NOST), 2022-2025

National Co-Chair (India), International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS), June 2021-May 2024

Awards, Fellowships, Recognition

Distinguished Teacher Award, IISER Bhopal, India (2024)

G. D. Gokhale Lectureship Fellow (2024)

Distinguished Teacher Award, IISER Bhopal, India (2023)

Pioneering Investigator - Chemical Society Reviews, RSC, UK (2023)

Asia representative in ECN Committee, Commonwealth Chemistry (2023)

CRSI Nominee at 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Congress, Trinidad (2023)

Leading Investigator in India, AsiaChem (2023)

CRSI Bronze Medal (2022)

SERB-IRHPA Grant for PACE (Precision Antibodies Engineering Center, 2022)

CDRI Award for Excellence in Drug Research (2021)

SERB-TETRA Technology Translation Award (2021)

Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC; Leaders in the Field Scheme), UK 2020

Swarnajayanti Fellowship, DST and SERB, India 2019 (2020-2025)

Young Scientist Award by RSC-WIS, India 2012

DAE Young Scientist Award, DAE-BRNS, India 2012

Ramanujan fellowship, DST, India 2011-2016

MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellowship, MITACS, Canada 2011

Senior Research fellowship, CSIR, India 2005-2008

Junior Research fellowship, CSIR, India 2003-2005

Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, 2003


CHM 112: Basic Organic Chemistry

CHM 114: Laboratory Course in Organic Chemistry

CHM 211: Basic Organic Chemistry

CHM 311: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHM 416/616: Spectroscopy and its application to organic molecules

CHM 612: Advanced Organic Chemistry II (Organic Synthesis)

CHM 613: Advanced Organic Chemistry I (Asymmetric Synthesis)

CHM 615: Frontiers in Organic Chemistry

CHM 617: Chemical Biology


SERB: PAC, COVID-19 task force, NPDF, SUPRA

Head, Computer Center, IISER Bhopal, 2012-2018

Administrative committees 2011-till date

Editorial contributions

Frontiers in Chemistry, special issue on "Bioconjugation Chemistry" during 2022-2023

Frontiers in Chemistry,  special issue on "Bioconjugates for Drug Delivery" during 2021-2022

Academic record and postdoctoral training

MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Toronto, Canada, 2011-2011

(Mentor: Prof. Andrei K. Yudin)

Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Toronto, Canada, 2008-2011

(Mentor: Prof. Andrei K. Yudin)

Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, 2003-2008

(Supervisor: Prof. I. N. N. Namboothiri)

B.Sc. and M.Sc.: Banaras Hindu University, India, 1998-2001 and 2001-2003

Professional Affiliations

Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI)

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS)

Indian Peptide Society (IPS)

American Peptide Society (APS)