Ashok S. Kolaskar, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

He has been working in the area of bioinformatics from 1981. He developed several new algorithms to analyze DNA sequence data and large nucleic acid fragments. He has served as a professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Center at the University of Pune. His main areas of research include theoretical molecular biophysics work and bioinformatics. He has worked on international committees to formulate policies regarding quality of data banks.
Ashok S. Kolaskar also has spent time in various management positions, from advising Ph.D students as a chairman of the post-graduate department at the University of Pune and as the chief investigator of large research and infra-structural grants and contracts from the Indian government. He has also been actively involved with international scientific organizations from the Technology Transfer Society, to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.