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Ashwath Jayagopal

Ashwath Jayagopal

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
USA

Biography

Ash Jayagopal is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. His laboratory is focused on the development of nanotechnology-based imaging and therapeutic strategies for retinal diseases. He received his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2008, and an MBA from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, in 2011. Dr. Jayagopal’s research interests are primarily focused on imaging and therapy of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and neovascular age related macular degeneration (nvAMD), with emphasis on targeting dysfunctional endothelial cells. In addition, his laboratory has developed a number of optical nanoparticle-based imaging contrast agents for imaging specific disease biomarkers, including proteins and RNAs, in neovascular endothelial cells and retinal ganglion cells in animal models of DR, nvAMD, and glaucoma. His research program is currently funded by the National Eye Institute, American Diabetes Association, American Health Assistance Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness, and the International Retinal Research Foundation.

Research

His research mainly focused on imaging and therapy of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and neovascular age related macular degeneration (nvAMD), with emphasis on targeting dysfunctional endothelial cells.