Madhuvanthi Vijayan, PhD

Horner Lab Members

Headshot of Madhuvanthi Vijayan, PhDPost-Doctoral Associate
0049 CARL
Phone: 919-684-2319
Fax: 919-684-2790


Research Interest: Anti-viral innate immunity, RNA virus-host interactions.

I completed my PhD in the University of Missouri – Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Bumsuk Hahm. My dissertation work was focused on characterizing the role of sphingosine-1 phosphate metabolizing enzymes in host defense to negative strand RNA virus infections such as influenza and measles.

In July 2017, I joined the lab of Dr. Stacy Horner for my post-doctoral research. At Duke, I will be studying the molecular mechanisms behind how positive strand RNA viruses such as HCV activate and evade host innate immunity, particularly the type I Interferon response.

Personal Interests: Outside of the lab I enjoy watching TV-shows, listening to music, travelling, cooking Indian food and exploring different type of cuisines.

Publications List:

Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Chuan Xia, Yul Eum Song, Hanh Ngo, Caleb J. Studstill, Kelly Drews, Todd E. Fox, Marc C. Johnson, John Hiscott, Mark Kester, Stephen Alexander and Bumsuk Hahm. (2017). Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Lyase Enhances the Activation of IKKe To Promote Type I IFN− Mediated Innate Immune Responses to Influenza A Virus Infection. The Journal of Immunology. 199(2):677-687.

Chuan Xia, Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Curtis J. Pritzl, Serge Y. Fuchs, Adrian B. McDermott and Bumsuk Hahm. (2016). Hemagglutinin of influenza A virus antagonizes type I interferon (IFN) responses by inducing degradation of type I IFN receptor 1. Journal of Virology. 90(5):2403-17.

Curtis J. Pritzl, Young-Jin Seo, Chuan Xia, Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Zachary D. Stokes and Bumsuk Hahm. (2015). A ceramide analogue stimulates dendritic cells to promote T cell responses upon virus infections. Journal of Immunology. 194(9):4339-49.

Madhuvanthi Vijayan and Bumsuk Hahm. (2014). Influenza viral manipulation of sphingolipid metabolism and signaling to modulate host defense system. Scientifica. 2014:793815. (Review article).

Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Young-Jin Seo, Curtis J. Pritzl, Sarah Squires, Stephen Alexander, and Bumsuk Hahm. (2014). Sphingosine kinase 1 regulates measles virus replication. Virology. 450-451:55-63.

Young-Jin Seo, Curtis J. Pritzl, Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Kavita Bomb, Mariah E. McClain, Stephen Alexander, and Bumsuk Hahm. (2013). Sphingosine kinase 1 serves as a pro-viral factor by regulating viral RNA Synthesis and nuclear export of viral ribonucleoprotein complex upon influenza virus infection. PLoS One. 8(8): e75005.

Young-Jin Seo, Curtis J. Pritzl, Madhuvanthi Vijayan, Celeste Blake, Mariah E. McClain, and Bumsuk Hahm. (2012). Sphingosine analog AAL-R increases dendritic cell responses upon TLR7 stimulation via p38 and type I IFN signaling. Journal of Immunology. 188(10): 4759-4768.