Ophthalmology And Visual Sciences

Vinit B. Mahajan, MD, PhD


Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Contact Information

Primary Office: 11190E PFP
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-8161

Lab: 1269 CBRB
285 Newton Rd
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-1700

Email: vinit-mahajan@uiowa.edu
Web: Mahajan Laboratory
Web: UI Clinical Profile


BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California
MD, NIH Medical Scientist Training Program, University of California, Irvine
PhD, NIH Medical Scientist Training Program, University of California

Internship, Transitional , Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Residency, Ophthalmology, University of California Los Angeles
Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, University of Iowa

Licensure and Certifications

Research Summary

My career goal is to understand and discover new treatments for vitreoretinal disease. My passion and core belief is that the delivery of molecular genetic therapeutics for vitreoretinal disease can be accelerated into the clinic and operating room by translational research teams of clinicians and scientists.

Selected Publications

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Mahajan V, Chin E, Tarantola R, Almeida D, Somani R, Boldt H, Folk J, Gehrs K, Russell S.  Macular Hole Closure With Internal Limiting Membrane Abrasion Technique.  JAMA ophthalmology.  2015 June 1. 133(6):635-41.

Wert K, Bassuk A, Wu W, Gakhar L, Coglan D, Mahajan M, Wu S, Yang J, Lin C, Tsang S, Mahajan V.  CAPN5 mutation in hereditary uveitis: the R243L mutation increases calpain catalytic activity and triggers intraocular inflammation in a mouse model.  Human molecular genetics.  2015 May 20. 

Almeida D, Chin E, Tarantola R, Folk J, Boldt H, Skeie J, Mullins R, Russell S, Mahajan V.  Effect of internal limiting membrane abrasion on retinal tissues in macular holes.  Investigative ophthalmology & visual science.  2015 May 1. 56(5):2783-9.

Paemka L, Mahajan V, Ehaideb S, Skeie J, Tan M, Wu S, Cox A, Sowers L, Gecz J, Jolly L, Ferguson P, Darbro B, Schneider A, Scheffer I, Carvill G, Mefford H, El-Shanti H, Wood S, Manak J, Bassuk A.  Seizures are regulated by ubiquitin-specific peptidase 9 X-linked (USP9X), a de-ubiquitinase.  PLoS genetics.  2015 March 1. 11(3):e1005022.

Chen J, Wendel L, Birkholz E, Vallone J, Coleman A, Yu F, Mahajan V.  The metabolic syndrome and severity of diabetic retinopathy.  Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.).  2015 January 1. 9:757-64.

Chen J, Ingham N, Clare S, Raisen C, Vancollie V, Ismail O, McIntyre R, Tsang S, Mahajan V, Dougan G, Adams D, White J, Steel K.  Mcph1-Deficient Mice Reveal a Role for MCPH1 in Otitis Media.  PLoS One.  2013 March 13. 8(3):e58156.

Tarantola R, Tsui J, Graff J, Russell S, Boldt H, Mahajan V, Folk J.  Intraoperative sclerotomy-related retinal breaks during 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy.  Retina.  2013 January. 33(1):136-142.

Cunningham M, Tarantola R, Folk J, Sohn E, Boldt H, Graff J, Elkins K, Russell S, Mahajan V.  Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy may be a risk factor in combined macular hole retinal detachment cases.  Retina.  2012 December 7. 33(3):579-85.

Rowell H, Bassuk A, Mahajan V.  Monozygotic twins with CAPN5 autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy.  Clin Ophthalmology.  2012 December 6. 6:2037-2044.

Skeie J, Brown E, Martinez H, Russell S, Birkholz E, Folk J, Boldt H, Gehrs K, Stone E, Wright M, Mahajan V.  Proteomic analysis of vitreous biopsy techniques.  Retina.  2012 November. 32(10):2141-2149.

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