​​​​Neeraj Vij, PhD

College of Medicine & Foundational Sciences

Specialty: Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology & Pulmonary Medicine

CMED Research Building
Room 120 (Office)
Room 126-127 (Lab)
2620 Denison Drive,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-6453
Fax: 989-774-3752

Neeraj Vij, Ph.D. joined CMU College of Medicine in 2014 as Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. He received his PhD in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology in 2001, and was also a recipient of international fellowship at Institute of Genetics, Biological Research Center (Centre of Excellence of the European Union), Hungary in same year. He subsequently completed his postdoctoral research at University of Heidelberg, Germany and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU SOM). He was Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics-Pulmonary Medicine and Institute of NanoBiotechnology, JHU SOM before moving to CMU. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several high impact journals and has been invited to help organize several conferences and seminars. He is also frequently invited to serve as a reviewer for various Journals and grant review study sections. He is a Life Member of American Society for Nano Medicine (ASNM) and several other international scientific societies. He is a recipient of several research awards and recognition for his scientific contributions. He has also been involved in training and education of students and research/clinical fellows in various capacities leading to placements at top-tier universities, medical schools or industries.

The primary research focus of his laboratory is identification of molecular pathways leading to chronic disease pathophysiology, with an aim to identify novel therapeutic sites. His laboratory is interested in applied and pre-clinical translational research and concentrates on the identification of novel therapeutic strategies including design and development of nano-based delivery systems for theranostic applications in chronic obstructive lung diseases. His current project was initiated by funding from NIH and FAMRI where primary goal of the study is to identify impact of second hand cigarette smoke on proteostasis and pathogenesis of COPD-emphysema.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Doctorate
    • Indian Institute of Technology
      Ph.D. in Biosciences & Biotechnology
  • Fellowships:
    • Institute of Genetics, BRC
      Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology
    • University of Heidelberg
      Molecular Biology & Immunology
    • Johns Hopkins University
      Molecular & Cell Biology
  • 2002-2005        Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • 2004-2008        Member, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2006-2008        Member, American Society for Gene Therapy (ASGT)
  • 2006-                Member, American Physiological Society (APS)
  • 2005-                Member, American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  • 2010-                Member, American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • Life Member, American Society for Nano Medicine (ASNM)
Specialty Interests:
  • Identification of novel therapeutic intervention strategies for protein and inflammatory disorders
  • Pathogenesis of chronic obstructive lung diseases such as COPD-emphysema & Cystic Fibrosis
  • Environmental and genetic modifiers of chronic lung diseases
  • Pulmonary drug delivery
Awards & Honors:
  • Expert International Speaker, 2013
    • Europian Pi Network Workshop, France
  • Invited Session Chair, 2012
    • NHLBI, NIH workshop
  • Expert Basic Science Lecture, 2012
    • National Jewish Health
  • Student, Inzer Ni, received Provost's Undergraduate Research Award, 2012
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Munish Boda, PhD received American Thoracic Society Travel Award (provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals), 2010
  • Student, Taehong Min, received Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Summer Fellowship Award, 2010
  • Student, Rhul Marasigan, received Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Summer Fellowship Award, 2009
  • FAMRI Young Clinical Scientist Award, 2009
  • Visiting Professor Lecture, 2009
    • Division of Allergy & Immunology, JA Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Signature Interdisciplinary Programs in Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease (SIPAIID) Invited Lecture, 2009
    • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • ITC Research fellowship, 2000‐2001
    • Joint fellowship from Hungarian Academy of Sciences, UNESCO and ICRO
  • Post Doctoral Scientist Fellowship, 2001‐2002
    • Germany
  • First position in University in MS (Microbiology), 1998
Specialty in Diseases and Conditions:
COPD-emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Inflammatory Conditions & Proteopathies.

Industry Relationships: Our work often involves generating new molecular targets and therapeutics as well as delivery systems; it tends to be attractive to Venture capitalist, pharmaceutical and biotech firms. Accordingly, we have several pending/awarded patents at various stages of development. Conflict of interest related to industry relationship is managed by technology transfer office as per NIH guidelines. Vij also provides consultancy and expert opinion to industry on research related to therapeutic/device developments. He recently served as an advisor to MedaCorp, Leerink Swann & Company, Retrophin, Navigant Consultant Inc etc.