Born in Guwahati, Assam Dr Kanjilal did his graduation from Cotton College, Gauhati University in 1989. He moved to Delhi and pursued his post graduation from University of Delhi in 1992. He worked for one year as Research Scientist at CSIR Centre for Biochemicals (presently CSIR-IGIB). After qualifying NET-UGC, he joined CSIR-IICT on September 1993 for doctoral research under the guidance of Dr TNB Kaimal. In 1999, he has been awarded the PhD from Osmania University. He has four years post-doctoral research experience during 1999-2003, (i) as ICMR Research Associate at National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, (ii) as Research Scientist at Chemibiotech Research Pvt Ltd, Kolkata and (iii) finally as Post-doctoral fellow at Univercite Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI, France. He joined CSIR-IICT in 2003 as QRS Fellow and since then working at CSIR-IICT.