Professor K.Vijay Raghavan, FRS, is the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, a position he has held since March 2018. He is an emeritus professor and former director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences. Prof. Vijay Raghavan was the secretary of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India, from January 2013 to February 2018.
In 2012 he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society and in April 2014 he was elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of many awards including Padma Shri in 2013, Infosys Prize in the life sciences category in 2009, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1998.
An eminent molecular biologist, Professor Vijay Raghavan is alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur where he obtained his Bachelor’s as well as Master’s degree in chemical engineering, and later PhD in Molecular Biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(TIFR), Mumbai in 1983. He did his post doctoral research and worked as a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Professor Vijay Raghavan joined the TIFR faculty in 1988 and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore in 1991. His fields of specialization are developmental biology, genetics and neurogenetics and his research primarily focuses on the important principles and mechanisms that control the nervous system and muscles during development and how these neuromuscular systems direct specific locomotor behaviours. He has authored hundreds of scientific papers and with an h-index of 37, his research has been very impactful. VijayRaghavan is a member of the board of governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and a senior editor of the journal eLife.
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