Rakesh N. Veedu obtained his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in 2006 from the University of Queensland, Australia, after completing his MSc in clinical microbiology from Griffith University. He then continued his postdoctoral career at the Nucleic Acid Center, University of Southern Denmark, in the field of nucleic acid chemical biology. He returned to the University of Queensland in mid-2010, where he established his independent research group focused on novel functional nucleic acid–based biotechnologies for developing target-specific therapies for various diseases, including neurological diseases, inherited/genetic disorders, and solid cancers. Specifically, his research involves the development, synthesis chemistries, and applications of nucleic acid aptamers, antisense oligonucleotides, siRNA, antimiRs, DNAzymes, etc. Dr. Veedu is currently a McCusker fellow and a group leader in nucleic acid chemical biology at the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute and Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.