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Ponugoti Vasantha Rao

Richard and Kit Barkhouser Distinguished Professor
Ophthalmology, Glaucoma
Box 3802 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Wadsworth Bldg, Durham, NC 27710

Selected Grants


Role of Septin Cytoskeleton in Trabecular Meshwork, IOP and Glaucoma

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by BrightFocus Foundation · 2023 - 2025

Trabecular Meshwork Cytoskeletal Signaling-Regulation of Aqueous Humor Outflow

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2008 - 2024

The Role of GDF-15 in Aqueous Humor Outflow and Glaucoma

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2018 - 2023

Fiber Cell Membrane Organization-Role in Lens Architecture and Function

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2014 - 2020

Targeting Autotaxin for the treatment of glaucoma

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd · 2014 - 2017

Role of Septin Cytoskeleton in Trabecular Meshwork, IOP and Glaucoma

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by BrightFocus Foundation · 2023 - 2025

Trabecular Meshwork Cytoskeletal Signaling-Regulation of Aqueous Humor Outflow

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2008 - 2024

The Role of GDF-15 in Aqueous Humor Outflow and Glaucoma

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2018 - 2023

Fiber Cell Membrane Organization-Role in Lens Architecture and Function

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2014 - 2020

Targeting Autotaxin for the treatment of glaucoma

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd · 2014 - 2017

Evaluation of anti-fibrotic response of AR-13324 in human trabecular meshwork primary culture model system

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. · 2014 - 2015

Fiber Cell Cytoskeletal Scaffolds-Role in Lens Architecture and Function

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1999 - 2013

Role of Rho Kinase in Aqueous Humor Outflow Pathway

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2002 - 2007

External Relationships


  • AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
  • Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca
  • Biogen Idec Inc.
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
  • Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca
  • Biogen Idec Inc.
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • GEHC
  • Glaukos Corporation
  • Moderna Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Natera Inc
  • Novo Nordisk (NVO)
  • Quidel
  • Vir Biotechnology
  • ZTS

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies, institutions, or organizations listed above. This information is available to institutional leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.