Anju Vasudevan, PhD
Anju Vasudevan, PhD is the Scientific Director of the Angiogenesis and Brain Development Research Program and Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 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.