Niraj Aryal is a graduate of Kathmandu University. He acquired his MS (Research) degree also at Kathmandu University with a research exchange to Sun Moon University, South Korea in year 2012. There, he worked on metabolic engineering and genetic manipulation of actinomycetes. He received DAAD fellowship in 2016 to pursue his PhD at University of Tübingen, Germany. In close collaboration with Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (RIBB), Niraj is screening and characterizing rare actinobacteria from unique ecological niches of Nepal and investigating their chemistry via various computational and chemical approaches. He routinely focuses on genome-driven discovery of microbial secondary metabolites, its biosynthesis and characterization with the use of NMR and Mass spectrometry.