Vishnu Vijayan

Graduate Student Researcher

Vishnu’s research focuses on deciphering complex mechanisms involved in the aggregation of Tau, an intrinsically disordered protein (IDP), into amyloid fibrils which is a pathological signature of several neurodegenerative diseases. He uses spectroscopic techniques to analyze the aggregation of full-length Tau from a structural point of view, with a goal of replicating disease fibril structures in-vitro. The study will be further extended to understand the binding of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) ligands to Tau, which is crucial for in-vivo imaging of the disease fibrils.

  • 2015 – 2020: BS-MS dual degree, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2020 – present: Graduate Student Researcher, Chemistry, University of California – Santa Barbara (Advisor: Prof. Songi Han)
  • 2015 – 2020: Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) scholarship, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India
  • 2018: DAAD – Working Internships in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholarship
  • 2020: Institute gold medal for best all round performance, IISER Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2020: Best undergraduate researcher award, IISER Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2020 – 2021: Regents in Chemistry Fellow, University of California – Santa Barbara

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