Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Patients Seen At: (314) 362-3937 (Eye Center, Center for Advanced Medicine)
(314) 996-3300 (Medical Building 2, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, 10 Barnes West Drive, Suite 201)

Fax: (314) 362-3725 (Eye Center, Center for Advanced Medicine)
(314) 996-3490 (Medical Building 2, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, 10 Barnes West Drive, Suite 201)

Email: Rajagopalr@wustl.edu

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  • Bachelor's Degree: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1999
  • PhD: Cell and Molecular Biology, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York, 2006
  • Medical Degree: New York University, New York, New York, 2007


  • Residency: Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011
  • Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine and The Retina Institute, St. Louis Missouri, 2013

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology -- Certified

Selected Publications

  1. Rajagopal R, Semenkovich CF. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-δ: the middle child vies for attention. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Jan;34(1):5-7.
  2. Rajagopal R, Bateman R, Van Stavern GP. Visual involvement in corticobasal syndrome. J Neuroophthalmol. 2012 Dec;32(4):338-40.
  3. Rajagopal R, Harbour JW (2011) Diagnostic testing and treatment choices in primary vitreoretinal lymphoma. Retina 31(3):435-40.
  4. Rajagopal R, Apte RS (2010) Full-thickness macular hole in a patient with proliferative sickle cell retinopathy. Retina 30(5):838-9.
  5. Bath KG, Mandairon N, Jing D, Rajagopal R, Kapoor R, Chen ZY, Khan T, Proenca CC, Kraemer R, Cleland TA, Hempstead BL, Chao MV, Lee FS (2008) Variant brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Val66Met) alters adult olfactory bulb neurogenesis and spontaneous olfactory discrimination. J Neurosci 28(10):2383-93.
  6. Wiese S, Jablonka S, Holtmann B, Orel N, Rajagopal R, Chao MV, Sendtner M (2007) Adenosine receptor A2A-R contributes to motoneuron survival by transactivating the tyrosine kinase receptor TrkB. Proc Natl Acad Sci 104(43):17210-5.
  7. Rajagopal R, Chao MV (2006) A role for Fyn in Trk receptor transactivation by G-protein-coupled receptor signaling. Mol Cell Neurosci 33(1):36-46.
  8. Arevalo JC, Waite J, Rajagopal R, Beyna M, Chen ZY, Lee FS, Chao MV (2006) Cell survival through Trk neurotrophin receptors is differentially regulated by ubiquitination. Neuron 50(4):549-59.
  9. Chao MV, Rajagopal R, Lee FS (2006) Neurotrophin signalling in health and disease. Clin Sci (Lond) 110(2):167-73.
  10. Rajagopal R, Chen ZY, Lee FS, Chao MV (2004) Transactivation of Trk neurotrophin receptors by G protein-coupled receptor ligands occurs on intracellular membranes. J Neurosci 24:6650-6658.

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