Manoj Kumar Tripathy received an MS in Biotechnology from Panjab University, India, and a PhD in Biotechnology (Virology) from the National Centre for Cell Science affiliated with University of Pune, India. As a doctoral student, he joined the lab of Dr. Debashis Mitra, where he focused on differential gene expression in HIV-1 induced T-Cell Apoptosis. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Georges Herbein on the role of HCMV in cancer in liver and mammary cells at Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Margolis Lab, his research interests include epigenetic modulation, specifically the role of histone methyl transferases in HIV-1 latency.