Vijaya Padma received her Ph.D. from University of Madras, India for the work on “Biochemical studies on the effect of fish oil in isoproterenol induced myocardial infarction”. She worked as a Lecturer in Kongu Nadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore for three years. She joined the Department of Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Bharathiar University, as a Lecturer in April 2005. She established Animal Tissue Culture and Molecular Genetics Laboratory apart from teaching the Post Graduate students. Now her research group is involved in testing various phytochemicals as cytoprotective agents against toxins - mycotoxins, pesticides, dioxin and also to evaluate their anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also involved in understanding the role of mitochondrial mutations in various disease conditions. She has published several research articles in both national and international peer reviewed journals.