Vijay Swahari

Vijay Swahari



After graduating from medical school in 2003, I completed my one year internship in medicine before starting graduate school at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2005. My thesis (Public Health/ Nutrition) was to identify the role of antioxidants in the treatment of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. This eventually led me to UNC and to the UNC Neuroscience Center where I joined the Deshmukh Lab. I am currently studying the role of microRNAs/microRNA machinery in the context of neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and cancer.


  1. Studying a novel role of Dicer in the DNA damage response
  2. Investigating the importance of a microRNA (miR-29) in the maintenance of the mammalian nervous system
  3. Identifying novel microRNAs that play a role in aging