Dr. Mahajan is a surgeon-scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University. He specializes in the surgical and medical care of vitreoretinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, uveitis, and inherited retinal dystrophies. Dr. Mahajan was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.
As director of the Omics laboratory, Dr. Mahajan collaborates with leading scientists and physicians in the areas of proteomics and genomics. He believes advances in molecular biology and genetics are the key to curing many forms of blindness, and doctors who are as comfortable in the laboratory as they are in the operating room and clinic can accelerate the discovery process.
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Education & Training
After earning his bachelors degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Mahajan was among a handful of medical students funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Scientist Training Program to complete both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. At the University of California, Irvine, he earned his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dennis Cunningham, the scientist who isolated pro-insulin. Dr. Mahajan’s studies into the mechanisms of thrombin signal transduction were published in scientific journals and won him a U.S. patent.
Dr. Mahajan then joined the residency program at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he completed postdocotoral laboratory research as an EyeSTAR Fellow. He began his collaboration with Dr. Stephen Tsang to identify mouse models of eye disease.
Dr. Mahajan next specialized in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the University of Iowa’s Retina Fellowship Program and then joined the faculty.
In 2017, he moved to Stanford University where he now teaches and trains the next generation of eye surgeons, medical students, and scientists.
Awards and Research Grants
- NIH K08 Grant, University of Iowa (2011)
- Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Grant, University of Iowa (2011)
- Fight for Sight Grant, University of Iowa (2011)
- American Health Assistance Foundation, University of Iowa (2011)
- Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU) fellowship, University of Iowa (2011)
- Fight for Sight Grant, University of Iowa (2009)
- P.J. Leinfelder Research Award, Dept. Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, U Iowa (2008)
- Research to Prevent Blindness Grant, University of Iowa (2007-present)
- Heed Fellowship Merit Award, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, U Iowa (2006)
- Nesburn “Best Research by a Resident” (Southern California) Award, Los Angeles (2006)
- Jules Stein Eye Institute Resident Research Award, UCLA (2006)
- NIH/NEI K08 Grant Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2005-2006)
- JSEI Alumni Association Research Grant, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2005)
- Research to Prevent Blindness Grant, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2004-2006)
- Kirchgessner Research Grant, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2004 – 2006)
- Stein-Oppenheimer Research Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2003)
- Giannini Foundation Fellowship Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2003-2005)
- EyeSTAR (Specialty Training & Advanced Research) Fellowship, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2002-2006).
- National Eye Institute Fellowship, Association for Research in Vision Travel Grant (2000)
- National Eye Institute Fellowship, Vision Research Course Grant (2000)
- Dean’s Service Award, UC Irvine College of Medicine (2000)
- Research Award, Western Student Medical Research Committee (1998)
- First Place Paintings, New Physician Magazine Annual Creative Arts Contest (1998)
- First Place, M.D.-Ph.D. Student Lectures (1997)
- American Heart Association Fellowship, Signal Transduction Research (1997)
- Medical Scientist Training Program (M.S.T.P.) Fellowship, UC Irvine College of Medicine (1993-2001)
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