Vijender Chaitankar, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science. His doctoral dissertation focused on developing novel algorithms and mathematical tools to reconstruct gene regulatory networks from high throughput gene expression data. After completing his doctoral degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Chaitankar held faculty positions at public and private universities.

He joined the National Eye Institute in May 2014 as a Research Fellow, where he used his computational biology skills to uncover regulatory mechanisms that underlie the development and degenerative disease progression of photoreceptor cells in the retina. In November 2017, he joined the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Core Laboratory at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where he supported several investigators with bioinformatics requirements. In March 2020, Dr. Chaitankar joined the NIAMS in the Lymphocyte Cell Biology Section led by Dr. John O’Shea. His primary job duties are to process and interpret disparate sequencing datasets to decode the molecular basis that underlies the differentiation of CD4+ T cells and their role in host defense and the pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases.

Scientific Publications

Olfactomedin 4 mediation of prostate stem/progenitor-like cell proliferation and differentiation via MYC.

Li H, Chaitankar V, Zhu J, Chin K, Liu W, Pirooznia M, Rodgers GP
Sci Rep.
2020 Dec 14;
doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78774-5
PMID: 33318499

lncRNAKB, a knowledgebase of tissue-specific functional annotation and trait association of long noncoding RNA.

Seifuddin F, Singh K, Suresh A, Judy JT, Chen YC, Chaitankar V, Tunc I, Ruan X, Li P, Chen Y, Cao H, Lee RS, Goes FS, Zandi PP, Jafri MS, Pirooznia M
Sci Data.
2020 Oct 5;
doi: 10.1038/s41597-020-00659-z
PMID: 33020484

Molecular Anatomy of the Developing Human Retina.

Hoshino A, Ratnapriya R, Brooks MJ, Chaitankar V, Wilken MS, Zhang C, Starostik MR, Gieser L, La Torre A, Nishio M, Bates O, Walton A, Bermingham-McDonogh O, Glass IA, Wong ROL, Swaroop A, Reh TA
Dev Cell.
2017 Dec 18;
doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2017.10.029
PMID: 29233477

Nrl knockdown by AAV-delivered CRISPR/Cas9 prevents retinal degeneration in mice.

Yu W, Mookherjee S, Chaitankar V, Hiriyanna S, Kim JW, Brooks M, Ataeijannati Y, Sun X, Dong L, Li T, Swaroop A, Wu Z
Nat Commun.
2017 Mar 14;
doi: 10.1038/ncomms14716
PMID: 28291770

Next generation sequencing technology and genomewide data analysis: Perspectives for retinal research.

Chaitankar V, Karakülah G, Ratnapriya R, Giuste FO, Brooks MJ, Swaroop A
Prog Retin Eye Res.
2016 Nov;
doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2016.06.001
PMID: 27297499


Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Computer Science (2012)

The University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., Computer Science (2006)

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University
B.E., Computer Science (2004)


Research Fellow
NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2019-Present)

Research Fellow
NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2017-2019)

Research Fellow
NEI, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2014-2017)

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