Uttam Surana undertook his graduate studies at the University of Arizona (USA) and obtained a PhD from the Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Thereafter, he moved to the Dept. of Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he spent 2 years studying the mechanical properties of bacterial cell surface polymers and their role in cell shape determination. He spent the subsequent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria investigating various aspects of cell division. He then moved to Singapore and joined the IMCB as a Principal Investigator. For his contribution to the understanding of control circuits that regulate cell cycle, Prof Surana was awarded in 2007 Singapore’s National Science Award.