Faculty Profile


Ajit Varki, M.D.
Dr. Varki

Ajit Varki, M.D.

Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Co-Director, Glycobiology Research and Training Center

Co-Director, UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny

Office Address:

University of California, San Diego

CMM-East, Room 1065

9500 Gillman Drive, MC-0687

La Jolla CA 92093-0687

Office: (858) 534-2214
FAX:  (858) 534-5611

Education and Training

MBBS (MD) Christian Medical College, Vellore India 1975
Resident University of Nebraska Medical Center 1977-1978
Fellow Hematology-Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine 1978-1982


Research Interests

Please see Dr. Varki's research interests information in his primary web page profile.



Please see Dr. Varki's publications in his primary web page profile.



Please see Dr. Varki's primary lab members web page.

The Varki laboratory.

The Varki Laboratory.

Laboratory Personnel
Name Title Laboratory Focus
Raza Ali, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Biology of Siglecs.
Kalyan Banda, MBBS Postdoctoral Fellow Sialic acid linked receptors of Rotavirus.
Anne Bergfeld, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow The fate of Neu5Gc in human and non-human cells.
Paula Campos-Soto, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Siglec-5 Expression and Suspectibility to HIV-1 Infection in CD4T Cells.
Leela Davies Ph.D. Student Neuroscience exclusion of Neu5Gc expression from the vertebrate brain.
Sandra Diaz Lab Manager  
Chris Gregg Ph.D. Candidate Study of novel approaches to devastating human diseases, especally in the cardiovascular system.
Raghu Kikkeri, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Cloning of human antibodies against a non-human Sialic Acid involved in inflammation and cancer progression.
Oliver Pearce, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Chemical synthesis, biological processing, function, and evolution of neuraminic acids and their connection with human specific diseases.
Vered Padler-Karavani, Ph.D. Assistant Project Scientist Immunological aspects of the non-human sialic acid, N-glycolylneuraminic acid, and its potential in cancer prognosis, diagnosis and therapy.
Patrick Secrest Staff Res Associate  
Andrea Verhagan Staff Res Associate  
Xiaoxia Wang Postdoctoral Fellow Addressing important evolutionary questions involved in the host-pathogen arms race, by using CD33 related Siglecs as a model system.