Bachelor of Science, University Calicut, Kerala, 1973. Master of Science, University Calicut, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, University Calicut, 1983.
Scientist, Indian Cardamon Research Institute, 1982; scientist, consultant on forest pathology, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur, since 1982. Postdoctoral fellow International Mycological Institute, United Kingdom, 1990, Darwin fellowin biosystematics, 1994-1995.
Fellow Indian Phytopath. Society; member Mycological Society India (council 1993-1996), British Society for Plant Pathology, Kerala Forest Research Institute Research Staff Association (working president 1984-1988).
Married Kannanore Padinjarethil Girija, May 18, 1987. Children: Arvind, Lakshmi.