Vijaya Narayanan, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair Director, Master of Science Program and Nutrition Science Track

Dietetics & Nutrition

Office: AHC5-312

Phone: 305-348-3234



Lipid and membrane biochemistry in neurodegeneration; Fundamental basis of protein and lipid interactions in cells


In 1990, Dr. Vijaya Narayanan received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Women’s Christian College at the University of Madras, India. She received her M.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in 1995 and completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SUNY, Stony Brook in 2002. Dr. Narayanan was an NIH postdoctoral trainee at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Miami until June 2005. She joined the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University as an assistant professor in 2008.


Foundations of Nutrition Science Teaching Laboratory (AHC5 131). This comprises the lab component of HUN 2000, a non-majors life science course that is part of the University Core Curriculum.


State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, MS
Women's Christian College, Madras University, BSc

Publications & Research

Associations of Vitamin B6 Intake and Plasma Pyridoxal 5'-Phosphate with Plasma Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in US Older Adults: Findings from NHANES 2003-2004. Kim H, Enrione EB, Narayanan V, Li T, Campa A.Nutrients. 2022 Jun 2;14(11):2336. doi: 10.3390/nu14112336.

Gender Differences in the Associations of Plasma Pyridoxal 5'-Phosphate with Plasma Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids among US Young and Middle-Aged Adults: NHANES 2003-2004. Kim H, Enrione EB, Narayanan V, Li T, Campa A.Nutrients. 2021 Jan 31;13(2):477. doi: 10.3390/nu13020477.

Liuzzi JP, Narayanan V, Doan H, YooC. Effect of Zinc intake on hepatic autophagy during acute alcohol intoxication. Biometals, 2018. doi: 10.1007/s10534-018-0077-7

Narayanan V, Sandiford SL, Wang Q, keren-Raifman T, Levay K, Slepak VZ. Intramolecular interaction between the DEP domain of RGS7 and the Gbeta5 subunit. Biochemistry, 2007, 46(23): 6859-70

Narayanan V, Guo Y, Scarlata S. Fluorescence studies suggest a role for alpha synuclein in the phosphatidylinositol lipid signaling pathway. Biochemistry, 2005, 44(2):462-70

Narayanan V, Scarlata S. Membrane binding and self association of alpha synuclein. Biochemistry, 2001, 40(33): 9927-34

Narayanan VS, Fitch CA, Levenson CW. Tumor suppressor protein p53 mRNA and subcellular localization are altered by changes in cellular copper in human HepG2 cells, Journal of Nutrition, 2001, 131(5): 1427-32

Levenson CW, Song Y, Narayanan VS, Fitch CA, Yeiser EC. Regulation of mitochondrial cytochrome B mRNA by copper in cultured human hepatoma cells and rat liver. Biological Trace Element Research, 1999, 70(2): 149-64

Narayanan VS, Storch J. Fatty acid transfer in taurodeoxycholate mixed micelles. Biochemistry, 1996, 35 (23): 7466-73