Professor Prakash Kumar’s early education was from India, and PhD (1988) from Prof Trevor Thorpe’s lab at the University of Calgary, Canada. He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1989, where he currently serves as a full professor at the Department of Biological Sciences. He is a prominent scientist in the fields of plant molecular developmental biology and biotechnology. He has supervised 25 PhD students at NUS. He is Editor of four international journals, namely, BMC Plant Biology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Plant Cell Reports and Plant Biotechnology Reports. Several of his 95 scientific papers are published in prestigious journals. In addition to a mangrove salinity tolerance work, he leads a major rice research program funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore, in collaboration with TLL Singapore and IRRI Philippines. He has held several department and University-level senior administrative positions at the NUS and serves on National and International committees, including, Genetic Modification Advisory Committee, Singapore. He served as the Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Plant Biotechnology Section (2014 to 2016), Society for In Vitro Biology, USA.