Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
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.
Padma Shri in 2013
PSA on improving preparedness against COVID-19 at regional levels
PSA's address about emerging variants of SARS-CoV2
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
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.
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.
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
New species of gecko named “Hemidactylus vijayraghavani” after Prof. K Vijayraghavan
Elected as Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
H K Firodia Award
Royal Society Fellowship
The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Fellowship
J.C. Bose Fellowship
Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Kanpur
Honorary faculty member of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy
Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research