Rashad Karimov was born in a small city of Aksu in Azerbaijan. He obtained a BS degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russian Federation and subsequently moved to US for graduate studies. In April 2014 he graduated with his PhD from Cornell University-Rockefeller University-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Tri-Institutional program in chemical biology. During his PhD studies Rashad worked on total synthesis of natural products under the guidance of Prof. David Gin and Prof. Derek Tan. Outside of the lab Rashad enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, watching movies and exploring bay area.