Vidya Velagapudi

Dr. Velagapudi's main research line is to identify and understand the molecular mechanisms of human complex metabolic diseases at systems level, and translate the acquired knowledge to provide personalized health care. Vidya Velagapudi obtained her Bachelors in Biosciences (1999), Masters in Biotechnology (2001), Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (2002), and then joined a Pharmaceutical company as a Research Associate (2002) in India. Later on she moved to Germany for her graduate studies and obtained Ph.D in Applied Biochemistry from the University of Saarland in collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrucken in 2005. Dr. Velagapudi then moved to VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd, Finland as a post-doctoral fellow in Clinical Metabolomics and Systems Biology, and then continued as a Research Scientist and Project Manager during 2006-2009. In 2010, Dr. Velagapudi has taken up the role as Head of the Metabolomics Unit at Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM). From 2012 onwards Dr. Velagapudi is also affiliated to University of Helsinki as an Adjunct Professor. An invited Metabolomics experts interview by Dr. Velagapudi appeared in 31st issue of MetaboNews, a monthly newsletter published in partnership between The Metabolomics Innovation Centre and the international Metabolomics Society.

Selected publications

Roman-Garcia, P., Quiros-Gonzalez, I., Mortram, L., Lieben, L., Sharan, K., Wangwiwatsin, A., Tubio, J., Lewis, K., Wilkinson, D., Santhanam, B., Sarper, N., Clare, S., Vassiliou, G., Velagapudi, V.R., Dougan, G., Yadav, V.K. (2014) Vitamin B12-dependent taurine synthesis regulates growth and bone mass. Journal of Clinical Investigation (7): 2988-3002.

Khan, N., Auranen, M., Paetau1, I., Pirinen, E., Euro, L., Forsström, S., Pasila, L., Velagapudi, V.R., Carroll, C.J., Auwerx, J & Suomalainen, A (2014). Effective treatment of mitochondrial myopathy by nicotinamide riboside, a vitamin B3. EMBO Molecular Medicine, (6): 721-31.

López, M., Varela, L., Vázquez, M.J., Rodríguez-Cuenca, S., González, R.,  Velagapudi, V.R., Morgan, D.A., Schoenmakers, E., Agassandian, K., Lage, R., Martínez de Morentin, P.B., Tovar, S., Nogueiras, R., Carling, D., Lelliott, C.J., Gallego, R.,* Oreai, M.,*  Chatterjee, K.,* Saha, A.K.,* Rahmouni, K., Diéguez, C., Vidal-Puig, A., 2010. Hypothalamic AMPK and fatty acid metabolism mediate thyroid regulation of energy balance. Nature Medicine. 16, 1001-1008.

Velagapudi, V.R., Hezaveh, R., Reigstad, C., Peddinti, G.V., Felin, J., Yetukuri, L., Mattila, I., Borén, J., Oreai, M., Bäckhed, F., 2010. The gut microbiota as a global modulator of host metabolism. Journal of Lipid Research. 5, 1101-12.

Kotronen, A.,* Velagapudi, V.R.,* Yetukuri, L., Westerbacka, J., Bergholm, R., Ekroos, K., Makkonen, J., Taskinen, M.R., Oreai, M., Yki-Järvinen, H., 2009. Saturated fatty acids containing triglycerides are better markers of insulin resistance than total serum triglyceride concentrations. Diabetologia. 52, 684-690.

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External links

+358 50 317 5087

Job title

Senior Researcher, Head of Unit

Areas of expertise

Metabolic flux analysis

Started at FIMM



Ph.D. (Applied Biochemistry), University of Saarland, Germany, 2005
Title of Docent (Biochemistry), University of Helsinki, Finland, 2012
Last updated: 07.11.2016 - 13:58