PARTHA MAJUMDER is the founder and Distinguished Professor of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, and concurrently a Professor of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. His scientific contributions to human and population genetics span a vast range; from structure and evolution of human populations to genomics of diseases and development of statistical methods for genomic analyses. He is a Sir J.C. Bose National Fellow. He is an elected Fellow of all the three science academies of India, of The World Academy of Sciences and the International Statistical Institute. He is a Council Member of the Human Genome Organisation. He is the Indian National Co-ordinator on the International Cancer Genome Consortium. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES), and was the founding Chair of its Ethics Committee. He has worked for the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. He is a recipient of many awards and medals, including the TWAS Biology Prize, G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, Ranbaxy Research Award in Applied Medical Sciences, and the New Millennium Science Medal, Government of India.