Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan FRS is distinguished professor and former director of The National Centre for Biological Sciences.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975 and a master’s in 1977. He completed his doctoral research in 1983 in the field of molecular biology and holds a Ph.D from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. During his post-doctoral work, from 1984 to 1985, he was a research fellow and then, from 1986 to 1988, a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
On 26 Mar 2018, Government of India, appointed him as the principal scientific adviser to succeed distinguished R Chidamabaram. He also served as a secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India, since 28 January 2013, replacing Maharaj Kishan Bhan. He was conferred the Padma Shri by the Govt. of India on 26 January 2013. He is also a recipient of the Infosys Prize in the life sciences category in 2009.
In 2012 he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society. In April 2014 he was elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. In March 2018, he was appointed as the principal scientific adviser of the Government of India. In December 2018, a new species of gecko was named after him, Hemidactylus vijayraghavani