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Prof. K. VijayRaghavan

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

  • Since April 2018
  • +91-11-24695483
  • +91-11-24695482/23022112

Prof K. VijayRaghavan is a distinguished professor in the field of developmental genetics and former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences. His fields of specialization are developmental biology, genetics, and neurogenetics. 

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Significant Awards
Padma Shri in 2013

Articles and Blogs by PSA

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An opening of the Vaccine door
by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan
Nov 10
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The Indian Science Congress: The Gorillas are outside
by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan
Jan 07
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psa-Journey

PSA’s Journey

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Education

Prof. VijayRaghavan graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975 

Completed his doctoral work in 1983 in the field of Molecular Biology and holds a PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research  

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Initial Career

Worked as a Research Fellow from 1984 to 1985 and then as a Senior Research Fellow from 1986 to 1988, at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1988, joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as a reader.  

Instrumental in establishing the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, under the aegis of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 1992. 

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Groundbreaking Work

Spearheaded groundbreaking research to understand the important principles and mechanisms that control the nervous system and muscles during development, and how these neuromuscular systems direct specific locomotor behaviours.

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Professional Details

Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, where he continues as a Distinguished Professor 

Served as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India between January 2013 to January 2018     

Honours & Awards

2018

New species of gecko named “Hemidactylus vijayraghavani” after Prof. K Vijayraghavan

2014

Elected as Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences

2012

H K Firodia Award 

2012

Royal Society Fellowship 

2010

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Fellowship 

2006

J.C. Bose Fellowship 

2003

Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Kanpur 

1999

Honorary faculty member of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research  

1999

Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy 

1998

Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research 

Major Initiatives as PSA

PSA initiatives made a signficant impact to the STI lanscape of the country

PM-STIAC(PM-STIAC)

ETG (Empowered Technology Group (ETG))