Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh
Head - WGC Global Advisory Board

Born in a far flung remote village of Uttar Pradesh, India Dr. Singh completed his schooling from local government run schools. He moved to Allahabad University to complete his Bachelor’s degree with double major in Botany and Chemistry. Dr. Singh’s first serious exposure to the exciting world of Biomedical Research occurred when he joined the Master’s (M.Sc.) program in Biotechnology at Banaras Hindu University, India and managed to secure the top position (Gold Medalist) in the University in final M.Sc.

At a young age of 21, he was offered a position at the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai to carry out research in the area of Molecular Radiation, Biology. While at BARC, Dr. Singh worked out the mechanisms of inducible DNA repair following low levels of radiation exposure, published several research papers and taught courses in yeast genetics, radiation biology and advanced biochemistry of nucleic acids to graduate students at BARC. While on job, he worked towards Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Mumbai University, which was awarded within a short span of 3 years due to his exemplary results.

Thereafter, he proceeded to Florida State University (FSU) for an advanced post-doctoral research and training in biomedical sciences. Working with model systems and cultured human cells, Dr. Singh made a seminal contribution in histone proteolysis challenging the decade’s long model of histone protein stability. This path-breaking research was published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature Cell Biology’ and was widely covered in the popular press as well.

Dr. Singh was offered the prestigious Ramanujan Fellowship by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and a position at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Pune, in 2011 which he turned down as he joined the newly built Translational Science Laboratory at Florida State University to work in the emerging technology of proteomics and genomics. He is currently making a foray into Big Data. As more and more genomic and proteomic data becomes available publically the possibilities of utilizing this immense resource for greater common good is endless. Dr. Singh is exploring these datasets to define early diagnostic markers as well as better therapeutic targets for various human ailments including cancer and aging.

Dr. Singh has authored several very high impact research publications over the past two decades. He is on the review panels of scores of scientific journals including Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Cancer Investigation, Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, FEBS Letters, Biochimie and Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis to name just a few. He also serves on the review panel of Graduate Research Fellowship Program of National Science Foundation of USA.

Dr. Singh takes keen interest in K-12 education, mentors minority and underprivileged students with Leon County School Board, Florida. He also regularly serves on the judging panels for local, regional and state level science fair events for K-12 students. Dr. Singh believes in promoting scientific thinking, encouraging the kids to question established dogmas to serve the humanity in a better way.