NM received his undergraduate degree at Kuvempu University, Shimoga, India, where he studied Biochemistry, Microbiology and Botany. He received his Post-graduate degree from Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India, where he studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He then earned his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, where he worked in Dr. Parthasarathy Ajitkumar’s laboratory studying the mechanism of cell-length heterogeneity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He is now a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Chatterjee’s lab in Baltimore, Maryland, where he works on the role of GdpP in antimicrobial resistance in S. aureus. His major research interests are microbial-resistance mechanisms, bacterial signaling mechanisms, and bacterial phenotypic heterogeneity.