Dr. Hemanth KN. Vasanthaiah graduated from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. He is presently working as a Research Scientist at Plant Biotechnology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Florida A & M University, USA. The overall goal of his investigation is to determine biochemical and molecular factors involved in disease tolerance, drought, nutraceutical and enological characteristics of grapes, raspberry and peanuts. The distinction of his research is association with Muscadine and Florida Hybrid Bunch grapes, which are unique to southeastern United States where the cultivation of European grapes is limited due to the prevalence of pest and diseases. Dr. Vasanthaiah has accomplished significant progress and achievements to address some of the issues in plant science and the outcomes have been published in leading scientific journals. He has also received meritorious awards and quite a few grants as Co-PI and collaborator. Dr. Vasanthaiah also has a computer science degree to compliment with this research work.