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Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP)
Last Updated: 04/02/15

B. Rao Vishnuvajjala, Ph.D.

B. Rao Vishnuvajjala, Ph.D.

Chief

Pharmaceutical Resources Branch

Developmental Therapeutics Program
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 4W102
Rockville, MD 20852
240 276-5962
raov@nih.gov

Dr. Vishnuvajjala completed Ph.D., in Organic Chemistry from Florida State University in 1971 with specialization in Synthetic Natural Products, and did post- doctoral work at UAB and FSU in carbohydrate chemistry and Alkaloid synthesis respectively. Moved to Ohio State University in 1974 and worked in Medicinal, Pharmaceutical, and Clinical Pharmacology Laboratories until 1979.  After a brief tenure at Research Triangle Institute working with Drs. Wall and Wani, moved to NIH in 1980 to work in the Analytical and Formulation Development section of PRB within DTP/NCI. Spent three years, from 1984-87, at the FDA as a Review Chemist, and returned to PRB in the extramural setting. Worked on several projects dealing with GMP synthesis, Analytical Development and Quality control, Formulation Research and Development, and Dosage Form Manufacturing.  Became Branch Chief in 1993, and continue to work in that capacity to date.

During this period, the branch has successfully managed clinical supply chain operations for over 120 investigational agents. From among these agents, more than a dozen compounds reached market stage for both Cancer and AIDs indications, and several of these are in routine clinical practice making a meaningful and positive contribution in the lives of many Patients.

About the Branch Chief

Dr. B. Rao Vishnuvajjala Dr. B. Rao Vishnuvajjala completed Ph.D., in Organic Chemistry from Florida State University in 1971 with specialization in Synthetic Natural Products, and did post- doctoral work at UAB and FSU in carbohydrate chemistry and Alkaloid synthesis respectively. Moved to Ohio State University in 1974 and worked in Medicinal, Pharmaceutical, and Clinical Pharmacology Laboratories until 1979. More…