Vijay came to Janelia Farm not long after completing BS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in 2005, with an emphasis on applied physics and optics. Though he took no biology courses as an undergraduate, he wound up spending his graduate school years working in neuroscience labs in the Texas Medical Center, across the street from Rice, at both the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. During that time, Vijay developed a type of fast scanning multiphoton microscope based on acousto-optic deflection that has since been replicated and extended by numerous labs worldwide.
In 2008, Vijay joined the Scientific Computing group at Janelia, where he focuses on instrument control projects, working in Matlab and C/C++. He presently serves as the lead developer of the ScanImage project, which is open-source software for laser-scanning microscopy used by scientists at Janelia and throughout the biomedical research community.