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Rajnish Bharadwaj, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 275-3202

Office: (585) 275-5065

Fax: (585) 273-1027

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Professional Background

Dr. Bharadwaj is a physician-scientist with clinical expertise in neuropathology. He received his MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Ph.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. After finishing his graduate studies, he joined Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on various problems pertaining to muscular and neuronal biology. Subsequently, he completed his residency in anatomic pathology and fellowship in neuropathology from University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.


Dr. Bharadwaj's primary research interests are in molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.
His ongoing research revolves around understanding the role of mitochondrial and lysosomal dysfunction in neurodegeneration, particularly in the context of Parkinsonism, for which these processes are especially important. He is currently focusing on a few genes, implicated in Parkinson's disease and a related movement disorder- Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA). Using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster as well as in vitro cell culture systems, and employing a combination of genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches, he is trying to elucidate the roles of these genes in health and disease. To assess the broader relevance of the insights gleaned from basic research, Dr. Bharadwaj also plans to pursue translational research using postmortem brain tissue obtained from human patients.



MBBS | All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India)

PHD | UT Southwestern Medical Center (Allied Health)
Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 07/31/2018
Fellowship in Neuropathology at University of Washington School of Medicine

07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Residency in Pathology - Anatomic at University of Washington School of Medicine

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015
Internship in Pathology - Anatomic at University of Washington School of Medicine

11/15/2004 - 12/31/2012
Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Weil Award
Sponsor: American Association of Neuropathologists

2016 - 2017
Environmental Pathology/Toxicology (EP/T) Training Grant T32


Journal Articles

Douglas CE, Haynie ML, Weinberg GA, Johnson MD, Bharadwaj R, Williams ZR. "Granulomatous Amoebic Encephalitis Mimicking Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder." Journal of neuro-ophthalmology : the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.. 2021 Jul 1; Epub 2021 Jul 01.

McGuffin SA, Bharadwaj R, Gonzalez-Cuyar LF, Schiffer JT, Stacey AW, Walter RB, Duke ER. "In the Eye of the Beholder: A Conjunctival Lesion in a Woman With Acute Myelogenous Leukemia." Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.. 2019 Jan 18; 68(3):525-529.

Bharadwaj R, Cimino PJ, Flanagan ME, Latimer CS, Gonzalez-Cuyar LF, Juric-Sekhar G, Montine TJ, Marshall DA, Keene CD. "Application of the condensed protocol for the NIA-AA guidelines for the neuropathological assessment of Alzheimer's disease in an academic clinical practice." Histopathology.. 2018 Feb; 72(3):433-440. Epub 2017 Nov 22.