Dr. Vijay Thiruvenkatam



Research Interest: 

Vijay’s scientific career started as a small molecule crystallographer. Because of his aspiration to work in the field of macromolecular crystallography to study molecular mechanisms and functions in living cells, he went on to do protein crystallography. Vijay’s current research focuses on X-ray crystallography of small molecules and macromolecules, which includes analysis of intra and intermolecular interactions, conformational changes, polymorphism, charge density analysis in organic, organo-metallic, inorganic compounds, dipeptides and proteins. One of his major expertise is in in-situ cryo-crystallization for the study of the crystal structure of liquids that crystallize at very low temperature and remain liquid at room temperature.



Background and Experience:

  • Assistant Research Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (Jan 2013 to present)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School/Harvard Medical School, June 2011 - Dec 2012

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, BU/DFCI/Harvard Medical School, Sep 2009 - May 2011

  • PhD, DRDE Gwalior/Jiwaji University, 2009

  • MSc, Christ College, 2001 

  • BSc, Bangalore University, 1999 


Selected Recent Publications:

  • Gayathri Purushothaman, Kapil Juvale, Sivapriya Kirubakaran, Praveen Kumar Vemula, Vijay Thiruvenkatam. Water-mediated intermolecular interactions in 1, 2-Ocyclohexylidene-myo-inositol: A quantitative analysis, Acta Crystallographica Section C, 2016.

  • Palakollu, Veerabhadraiah; Vasu, Anuji K.; Thiruvenkatam, Vijay and Kanvah, Sriram, A sensitive AIEE probe for amphiphilic compounds, New Journal of Chemistry, 2016.

  • Prediction of horseshoe configuration in neural receptors: Dscam isoforms V Thiruvenkatam, Q. Chen and J.-h. Wang Acta Cryst. A70, C1504, 2014.

  • Molecular interactions in bis (2-aminopyridinium) malonate: A crystal isostructural to bis (2-aminopyridinium) maleate crystal R. Chitra, R.R. Choudhury, Vijay Thiruvenkatam, M.V. Hosur, T.N. Guru Row. Journal of Molecular Structures. 1010: 46, 2012





Lab Website



Lab Members: 

Nalini Natrajan, PhD

Dr. Kedar Sharma, PostDoc

Adarsh Patel, M.Tech

Pankaj yadav, M.Tech








Introductory Lab Video:


Gayathri Purushothaman, PhD
Deekshi Angira, PhD
Kapil Kumar Mehta, M.Tech
Hoime Banerjee, M.Tech
Nalini Natrajan, PhD