Vijaya Iyer, PhD,  —

Vijaya Iyer is a freelance science writer for BioNews Services. She has contributed content to their several disease-specific websites, including cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, among others. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from Kansas State University, where her research focused on molecular biology, bacterial interactions, metabolism, and animal models to study bacterial infections. Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Iyer went on to complete three postdoctoral fellowships at Kansas State University, University of Miami and Temple University. She joined BioNews Services to utilize her scientific background and writing skills to help patients and caregivers remain abreast with important scientific breakthroughs.

Articles by Vijaya Iyer

Scientists Use Patient Cells, Chip Technology to Re-create Blood-Brain Barrier Defects

Researchers at California’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have re-created the blood-brain barrier, a vital component of the central nervous system, using Organ-Chip technology by Emulate. This advances the possibility of patient-specific treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, including  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Blood-brain barrier defect has been linked to…

Poor Sleep Common in Newly Diagnosed ALS Patients, Study Shows

Newly diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients often experience poor sleep quality due to symptoms of depression and difficulty turning in bed, a patient survey shows. The study, “Poor Sleep Quality in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the Time of Diagnosis,” was published in the Journal…