Dr. Rahul
Academic Qualifications: 

MBBS, MD (Microbiology)

  1. Thanigainathan S, Kaliyaperumal V, Sivanandan S, Rengaraj S, Dhodapkar R, Bethou A. Is SARS-CoV-2 Transmitted Through Breastfeeding? Indian J Pediatr. 2021;88(8):800-1.
  2. Remakanth R, Basavarajegowda A, Dhodapkar R. Prevalence of dengue NS1 antigenemia among healthy blood donors in a tertiary care hospital in Southern India. Asian J Transfus Sci. 2021;15(2):140-5.
  3. Praharaj I, Jain A, Singh M, Balakrishnan A, Dhodapkar R, Borkakoty B, et al. Authors' response. Indian J Med Res. 2021;153(5&6):563.
  4. Praharaj I, Jain A, Singh M, Balakrishnan A, Dhodapkar R, Borkakoty B, et al. Authors' response. Indian J Med Res. 2021;153(5&6):700-1.
  5. Kumar SS, Chinnakali P, Dhodapkar R, Mohan P, Olickal JJ, Hamide A. Willingness and yield of screening for hepatitis B among outpatients of a tertiary care centre, Puducherry, South India. Trop Doct. 2021;51(2):197-202.
  6. Kar SS, Sarkar S, Murali S, Dhodapkar R, Joseph NM, Aggarwal R. Prevalence and Time Trend of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Puducherry, India, August-October 2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021;27(2):666-9.
  7. Gupta N, Kaur H, Yadav PD, Mukhopadhyay L, Sahay RR, Kumar A, Dhodapkar R et al. Clinical Characterization and Genomic Analysis of Samples from COVID-19 Breakthrough Infections during the Second Wave among the Various States of India. Viruses. 2021;13(9).
  8. Dhodapkar R, M M, Thangavelu K, Sivaradjy M, Veerappan K, Gunalan A. Epstein-Barr Virus: An Infrequent Pathogen of Acute Undifferentiated Febrile Illness From a Tertiary Care Hospital in Southern India. Cureus. 2021;13(9):e18207.
  9. Praharaj I, Jain A, Singh M, Balakrishnan A, Dhodapkar R, Borkakoty B, et al. Pooled testing for COVID-19 diagnosis by real-time RT-PCR: A multi-site comparative evaluation of 5- & 10-sample pooling. Indian J Med Res. 2020;152(1 & 2):88-94.
  10. Philomenadin FS, Singh MP, Shastry J, Phukan AC, Nagarajan M, Kaliaperumal S, Dhodapkar R et al. Molecular characterization of adenovirus from an ongoingmulti-centric keratoconjunctivitis study in India. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2020;14(4):404-7.
  11. Barathidasan R, Vanathy K, Venkatesh K, Sharmila FM, Dhodapkar R. Epidemiological and molecular investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2020;14(12):1475-9.
  12. Sharmila PF, Vanathy K, Rajamani B, Kaliaperumal V, Dhodapkar R. Emergence of dengue virus 4 as the predominant serotype during the outbreak of 2017 in South India. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2019;37(3):393-400.
  13. Neupane N, Krishnamurthy S, Jagadisan B, Dhodapkar R. Hepatitis B Seroprotection in Pediatric Nephrotic Syndrome. Indian Pediatr. 2019;56(8):659-62.
  14. Langbang D, Dhodapkar R, Parija SC, Premarajan KC, Rajkumari N. Prevalence of intestinal parasites among rural and urban population in Puducherry, South India - A community-based study. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019;8(5):1607-12.
  15. Konda D, Chandrashekar L, Dhodapkar R, Ganesh RN, Thappa DM. Clinical Markers of Herpes Simplex Virus Infection in Patients with Pemphigus Vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019.
  16. Bharadwaj B, Sathyanarayanan G, Kaliaperumal V, Dhodapkar R. Anti-NMDA receptor antibody positivity in acute psychotic states: An exploratory study. Asian J Psychiatr. 2019;43:95-8.
  17. Sundaramurthy R, Dhodapkar R, Kaliaperumal S, Harish BN. Investigational approach to adenoviral conjunctivitis: comparison of three diagnostic tests using a Bayesian latent class model. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2018;12(1):43-51.
  18. Baskar D, Amalnath D, Mandal J, Dhodapkar R, Vanathi K. Antibodies to Zika virus, Campylobacter jejuni and gangliosides in Guillain-Barre syndrome: A prospective single-center study from southern India. Neurol India. 2018;66(5):1324-31.
  19. Athira KP, Vanathy K, Kulkarni R, Dhodapkar R. The prevalence of occult hepatitis B infection among the blood donors in a tertiary care hospital, Puducherry. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2018;36(3):426-8.
  20. SG SS, Pillai AB, Ramachandrappa VS, T K, Dhodapkar R, Kah J, et al. Increased serum levels of macrophage activation marker sCD163 in Dengue patients. J Clin Virol. 2017;86:62-7.
  21. Sundaramoorthy R, Dhodapkar R, Kaliaperumal S, Harish BN. Outbreak of Adenovirus serotype 8 keratoconjunctivitis in Puducherry, South India: a molecular epidemiological study. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2016;10(4):449-52.
  22. Nandhini G, Sujatha S, Jain N, Dhodapkar R, Tamilarasu K, Krishnamurthy S, et al. Prevalence of Human metapneumovirus infection among patients with influenza-like illness: Report from a Tertiary Care Centre, Southern India. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2016;34(1):27-32.
  23. Anand AM, Sistla S, Dhodapkar R, Hamide A, Biswal N, Srinivasan B. Evaluation of NS1 Antigen Detection for Early Diagnosis of Dengue in a Tertiary Hospital in Southern India. J Clin Diagn Res. 2016;10(4):DC01-4.
  24. Nandhini G, Sujatha S, Jain N, Dhodapkar R, Kadhiravan T, Krishnamurthy S. Poor performance characteristics of conventional PCR in detection of respiratory syncytial virus-experience of a tertiary care centre in Southern India. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2015;33(2):274-6.
  25. Singh N, Chandrashekar L, Konda D, Thappa DM, Srinivas BH, Dhodapkar R. Vesiculobullous viral exanthem due to chikungunya in an infant. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2014;5(Suppl 2):S119-20.
  26. Khan S, Sistla S, Dhodapkar R, Parija SC. Fatal Delftia acidovorans infection in an immunocompetent patient with empyema. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2012;2(11):923-4.
  27. Mandal J, Dhodapkar R, Acharya NS, Sastry A, Parija SC. Urinary tract infection due to Aeromonas spp., a lesser known causative bacterium. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2010;4(10):679-81.
  28. Parija SC, Dhodapkar R, Elangovan S, Chaya DR. A comparative study of blood smear, QBC and antigen detection for diagnosis of malaria. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2009;52(2):200-2.
  29. Dhodapkar R, Sujatha S, Sivasangeetha K, Prasanth G, Parija SC. Burkholderia pseudomallei infection in a patient with diabetes presenting with multiple splenic abscesses and abscess in the foot: a case report. Cases J. 2008;1(1):224.
  30. Dhodapkar R, Acharya NS, Harish BN, Parija SC. Shigellosis in Puducherry. Indian J Med Res. 2008;127(6):621-2.
Positions Held: 
  • Member Secretary, Institute Biosafety Committee , JIPMER
  • Member of JIPMER National & International Collaboration Cell (MoU)
  • Board of Studies member for Microbiology for BLDE University, Vijaypura
  • Expert for the committee set up for Biological and Clinical Evaluation of Medical Devices and Immunobiological Diagnostic Kits, Bureau of Indian Standards, Government of India.
  • DBT Nominee, IBSC, Pondicherry University
Special Clinics: 

Virology & Regional Influenza Lab