Vijay K. Kuchroo, Ph.D.

Vijay Kuchroo is an institute member of the Broad Institute and a participant in a Klarman Cell Observatory project that focuses on T cell differentiation. Kuchroo is the Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is founding director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His major research interests include autoimmune diseases and cancer, particularly the role of co-inhibitory “check-point” molecules in regulating autoimmunity and anti-tumor immunity, and the role of proinflammatory Th17 in inducing autoimmunity and tissue inflammation. His laboratory has made several transgenic mice that serve as animal models for human disease.

Kuchroo came to the United States in 1985 and was at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, as Fogarty International Fellow for a year before joining the department of pathology at Harvard Medical School as a research fellow. He later joined the Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a junior faculty member.

He obtained his degree in veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Hisar, India. Subsequently, he specialized in veterinary pathology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia), where he obtained a Ph.D. in 1985. He received the Fred Z. Eager Research Prize and medal for his Ph.D. research work at the University of Queensland. Based on his contributions, he was awarded the Javits Neuroscience Award by the National Institutes of Health in 2002 and the Award in Medical Research from the Ranbaxy Science Foundation in 2011. He was the recipient of the Peter Doherty lecture/award in 2014.

February 2019