Rahul obtained a BA in chemistry with honors from Grinnell College and a PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, his work in Professor Paul Hergenrother’s lab focused on the synthesis of novel bioactive small molecules and characterization of their biological mechanism of action. Rahul joined Professor David Scadden’s lab for his postdoctoral studies in 2011 with the aim of leveraging his chemical biology knowledge to develop creative strategies for the treatment of hematological diseases. Specifically, his work is focused on developing non-genotoxic methods to condition recipients for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and transcription factor-based therapies for acute myeloid leukemia. He is co-mentored by Professor Gregory L. Verdine of the chemistry department and is a recipient of a Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research.