Carmel Valley resident joins staff of La Jolla Institute

Pandurangan “Vijay” Vijayanand, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of associate professor in the Division of Vaccine Discovery at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the Institute announced today.

“With landmark funding for his work, we are delighted to secure Vijay’s appointment here at the La Jolla Institute,” said Mitch Kronenberg, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer of the La Jolla Institute.

“Vijay is a very accomplished physician-scientist who, in addition to a distinct and powerful skill set, brings a unique perspective to biomedical research that is inspired by his frontline experience caring for patients. We are fortunate to have him as a member of our faculty.”

A pioneering scientist and committed pulmonologist, Vijayanand, a Carmel Valley resident, brings to bear the full power of new and innovative genomics tools to understand, diagnose and treat pulmonary disease such as asthma, lung cancer and infectious disease. His laboratory has developed a number of techniques to study the molecular profiles of circulating and airway immune cells from patients with asthma and other diseases, using fewer cells than was possible previously. This makes it easier to obtain sufficient material for detailed genetic studies.

Vijayanand received his M.D. from the MGR Medical University in Chennai, India, and completed his residency in internal medicine followed by a pulmonary fellowship in the United Kingdom. In 2008, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, where he studied the mechanisms of accumulation and activation of T cells in human asthma. Since then, he has split his time between laboratory research and seeing patients at the University of Southampton, where he holds an appointment as an associate professor in the School of Medicine.