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Dr. Kavitha Thirumurugan

Associate Professor
Vellore Institute of Technology
207, Structural Biology Lab, CBMR, SBST, VIT

Brief Biography:

I have done my Ph.D in Plant Breeding and Genetics. B.Sc from Agriculture, TNAU, Coimbatore. Post-doc research in University of Leeds (UK) on 'Structure and function of myosin V' using single particle electron microscopy and image processing. How the cargo-binding tail domain regulates the structure and function of myosin V?- this work has been published in the journal Nature in 2006. Molecular motors are protein machines that walk on F-actin or microtubule using ATP as fuel.

After becoming a faculty in Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), as an Associate Professor, I am teaching 'Advanced Biochemistry' to M.Sc stduents and 'Biophysics and Structural Biology' to B.Tech students of Biotechnology. In my lab in VIT, I guide two Ph.D students and one MS (Res) student on diabetes. Several projects are on-going that involves M.Sc students. 

Recently (June 2011), our work on Cinnamon extract inhibits α-glucosidase activity and dampens postprandial glucose excursion in diabetic rats has been published in Nutrition & Metabolism (London). This is an open access publication of Biomed Central (BMC).

My future research: molecular mechanism of insulin resistance, glucose transporters, natural product isolation to regualate diabetes, obesity.


Academic positions:

Associate Professor (2008-present)

Post-doctoral research fellow - University of Leeds, UK (2001-2008)

Assistant Professor (1999-2000)



Research interests:

Diabetes, Obesity- active compound isolation from medicinal plants, identify the mechanism in vitro, in vivo using rats as animal models, clinical trial.

Molecular motors - myosin, actin

Single particle electron microscopy and image processing



Any other information:

Member of Biophysical Society (USA)

British Society for Cell Biology

RSSDI- India (Diabetes Society)



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