Principal Investigator

Anju Vasudevan, PhD

Anju Vasudevan, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist, Scientific Director of the Angiogenesis and Brain Development Laboratory and Director of the Postdoctoral Program at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI). Dr. Vasudevan’s academic appointment as Associate Professor at USC, is in process. Dr. Vasudevan received her PhD degree in Neuroscience from the University of Cologne, Germany and performed postdoctoral work in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. From 2007-2020, Dr. Vasudevan was as a faculty member in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Vasudevan established the Angiogenesis and Brain Development Laboratory in 2011, at McLean Hospital. The lab moved to HMRI in June 2020. Dr. Vasudevan’s work on early embryogenesis of the forebrain vascular system has opened up an entirely new conceptual framework from which to view this important component of brain development. Her research focuses on defining new cellular and molecular mechanisms governing prenatal brain development and the way it shapes postnatal and adult behaviors. This work has implications for understanding, prevention and treatment of a variety of nervous system disorders like autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and developmental delays. Dr. Vasudevan is the recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, NARSAD Independent Investigator Award and awards from the National Institute of Health.

Apart from science, Anju loves nature and enjoys creative activities.

Post Doctoral Researcher

Jugajyoti Baruah, PhD

Jugajyoti Baruah, PhD is a Research Fellow in the Angiogenesis and Brain Development Laboratory. Dr. Baruah received her PhD degree in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her doctoral training was focused on understanding the genetics of endothelial cell specific transcription factors in cardiovascular pathologies, for which she received the American Heart Association (AHA) fellowship. Her research work focuses on studying synapse specific gene expression in endothelial cells in the context of understanding its significance for brain development and origin of psychiatric illness.

When not in the lab, JJ loves to travel, or try out new cuisines. She also enjoys painting during her free time.

Lab Staff

Anass Agrud, MS

Anass Agrud, MS is a Research Assistant in the Angiogenesis and Brain Development Laboratory at HMRI. He received his Master’s degree in Biology, majoring in Health and Environment, and a Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from UAE, Morocco, and is planning on pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience.

Apart from science, Anass enjoys water activities and cooking cuisines from different cultures. Also he loves spending his free time doing outdoor activities with friends and family.

Postdoctoral and staff positions are available. New team will form soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Chungkil Won, PhD
Research Associate, 2009-2011

Peeyush Kumar, PhD
Research Fellow, 2012-2013

Suyan Li, PhD
Research Assistant, 2011-2013
Research Fellow, 2013-2015

Sampada Joshee, MS
Research Assistant, 2014-2016

Vicky Wang, MS
Research Assistant, 2017

Sarah Kaye, BS
Research Assistant, 2018-2019

Yong Kee Choi, PhD
Instructor/Faculty; 2017-2020

Debkanya Datta, PhD
Research Fellow, 2016
Instructor/Faculty; 2017-2020