Support for our endeavors
comes primarily from the
National Institutes of Health


Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD  Apte@vision.wustl.edu

Paul A. Cibis Distinguished Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science  
Professor, Department of Developmental Biology 
Professor of Medicine 
Professor, Neuroscience Graduate  
Program Director of Translational Research  
Director, Jeffrey Fort Innovation Fund

Office Phone: 314-747-5262
Alternate Office Phone: 314-362-3315

Research Interests

  • Innate immunity and immune effector mechanisms in the retina
  • oxidative stress and cell death
  • models of developmental angiogenesis and neovascularization
  • inflammation and photoreceptor survival
  • macular degeneration


  • Pre-Med, University of Bombay, 1986
  • MD, University of Bombay, 1992
  • PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1997


  • Transitional Internship, Parkland Memorial Hospital Dallas, Texas, 1997-1998
  • Ophthalmology Residency, UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Texas, 1998-2001
  • Clinical Associate, Retinal Vascular Center, Clinical Fellow, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD, 2001-2002
  • Clinical Associate, Vitreoretinal Division, Clinical Fellow, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2003-2009

Board Certification

  • USMLE Certification, 1996
  • Maryland Medical License Number D0057066, expired, 2001
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, 2003-present
  • Missouri Medical License Number 2003010758, 2003-present
  • Illinois Medical License Number 36102090, expired, 2003-2012


  • Apha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society,  Washington University School of Medicine, 2014
  • Research to Prevent Blindness Sybil B. Harrington Physician-Scientist Award for Macular Degeneration, 2014
  • Senior Honor Award - ASRS, 2014
  • ASRS Presidents' Young Investigator Award, 2014
  • Carl Camras Translational Research Award, 2014
  • Research Teacher of the Year Award, Washington University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Macular Society Young Investigator Award, 2013
  • Elected to Club Jules Gonin, 2012
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, 2011
  • Macula Society Retina Research Foundation Cox Research Award, 2010
  • Elected to Retina Society and Macula Society, 2009
  • American Retina Foundation Research Award, 2008
  • Washington University Nominee for the Ellison Foundation New Scholars Award in Aging, 2005
  • Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, 2004
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2003
  • National Medical Association Ophthalmology Research Award, 2002
  • ARVO/National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship Grant, 2002

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