Ram Vishwakarma has been working as the Director of CSIR – Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu (CSIR-IIIM) since 2009. Before joining IIIM, he served (2005-2009) as Vice-President (Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products) at Piramal Healthcare, Mumbai on NCE discovery on cancer, inflammation, and drug-resistant infections. Prior to joining industry, he was a Staff-Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi and contributed significantly to the chemical-biology of the Glycosylphosphatidyl inositol (GPI) anchors. He did his Ph.D. at Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow followed by the post-doctoral research from the University of Cambridge on biosynthesis of Vitamin B12. He has expertise in natural products chemistry, new drug discovery and chemical biology and has published over 200 original research papers and filed over 60 patents. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India and was awarded Sun Pharma (Ranbaxy) Research Award (2014) in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is a member of Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry of ACS.