Dr. E.V.S.S.K. Babu received his Ph.D. from the Trinity College and the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, England jointly supervised by Prof. T.J.B. Holland, FRS and Prof. David M. Pyle. Dr. Babu joined the EPMA Laboratory of the CSIR-NGRI in the year 2002 after holding positions as Reader in Earth Sciences, SRT Marathwada University, Maharashtra and Scientific Officer-SD position at the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Dr. Babu’s research areas include thermodynamic modelling of silicates, silicate melts, understanding heterogeneities beneath the Indian subcontinental lithospheric mantle, kimberlite exploration etc. He has vast expertise in in-situ elemental and isotopic analysis using Electron Probe Micro Analyser (EPMA), Laser Ablation – Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) and Laser Ablation-Multi Collector ICPMS (LA-MC-ICPMS). Dr. Babu also teaches undergraduate, postgraduate students as well as entry-level to mid-career level geoscientists in advanced fields of mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry at several academic and other R&D institutions. He is currently Project Leader and Activity-in-Charge of the Geochronology & Isotope Studies at the CSIR-NGRI. He also serves on several national committees that include National Centre for Mineral Targeting (NCMT), Ministry of Mines, Government of India, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr. Babu is a Life Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society, England, Royal Society of Chemistry, England, Geological Society of India, Mineralogical Society of India and Telangana Academy of Sciences.