Sameer grew up in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore campus and was therefore surrounded by science from the very beginning. From a young age, he developed a natural curiosity and aptitude towards the basic sciences. During his school days, exposure to science came in various forms including participation in national science exhibitions and congresses. By the time he graduated high school, a clear career path was laid out for him (or so he thought). He obtained a dual bachelors and masters degree in science from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune during which time he actively worked on projects associated with hepatitis C virus replication, malarial parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) epigenetics and human T cell differentiation. Just to have a taste of what corporate life feels like, after his BS-MS, he took up a job at CACTUS communications as a reviewer wherein he reviewed and edited primary medical papers prior to submission to journals. However, the 9-5 job was not his cup of tea (it got monotonous) and therefore he decided to pursue his academic interest and joined the bioengineering Ph.D. programme at the Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering, IISc. Academics aside, Sameer enjoys playing and trying out new sports. He has been baking from a young age and loves to try out new recipes as well as experimenting on his own. Do ask for a taste of his experimental cooking if you dare.