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Ricardo Roda, M.D., Ph.D.

Ricardo Horacio Roda, M.D., Ph.D.

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4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Languages: English, French, Spanish


Muscular Dystrophies, Myasthenia Gravis, Myopathy, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease, Neuromuscular Medicine

Research Interests

Myasthenia Gravis and Muscle Disorders

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Dr. Ricardo Roda earned a combined MD/PhD degree from University of Rochester and completed an adult neurology residency, followed by a clinical neuromuscular fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During residency, Dr. Roda developed a special interest in both auto-immune disorders and genetic disorders. Following residency, he spent three years in neurogenetics branch of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) working with Dr. Craig Blackstone, focusing on the use of the newer DNA sequencing techniques in genetic diagnosis, and in establishing genotype/phenotype correlations neuromuscular disorders.  His current clinical interests include developing testing strategies for undiagnosed genetic disorders and myasthenia gravis. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2005)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2009)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neuromuscular Medicine (2010)
  • National Institutes of Health (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology / Neurology (2009)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology / Neuromuscular Medicine (2016)

Research & Publications


The laboratory of Ricardo Roda, M.D., Ph.D., focuses on both acquired and genetic disorders of muscle and the neuromuscular junction. Primarily, Dr. Roda and his team works on the identification of new antigens in myasthenia gravis and in determining their mechanism of pathogenesis. We are also interested in genetic disorders of muscle, in particular those that may affect micro-RNA processing and sarcoplasmic reticulum shaping.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Myasthenia Gravis

Selected Publications

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Palma, J.-A., Roda, R., Norcliffe-Kaufmann, L., & Kaufmann, H. (2015). Increased frequency of rhabdomyolysis in familial dysautonomia. Muscle & Nerve.

Hirst, J., Edgar, J. R., Esteves, T., Darios, F., Madeo, M., Chang, J., Robinson, M. S. (2015). Loss of AP-5 results in accumulation of aberrant endolysosomes: defining a new type of lysosomal storage disease. Human Molecular Genetics.

Roda, R. H., Schindler, A. B., Blackstone, C., Mammen, A. L., Corse, A. M., & Lloyd, T. E. (2014). Laing distal myopathy pathologically resembling inclusion body myositis. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 1(12), 1053–1058.

Roda, R. H., Rinaldi, C., Singh, R., Schindler, A. B., & Blackstone, C. (2014). Ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 fibroblasts exhibit increased susceptibility to oxidative DNA damage. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, 21(9), 1627–1631.

Vester, A., Velez-Ruiz, G., McLaughlin, H. M., NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Lupski, J. R., Talbot, K., … Antonellis, A. (2013). A loss-of-function variant in the human histidyl-tRNA synthetase (HARS) gene is neurotoxic in vivo. Human Mutation, 34(1), 191–199.

Kageyama, Y., Zhang, Z., Roda, R., Fukaya, M., Wakabayashi, J., Wakabayashi, N., … Sesaki, H. (2012). Mitochondrial division ensures the survival of postmitotic neurons by suppressing oxidative damage. The Journal of Cell Biology, 197(4), 535–551.

Roda, R. H., Gallia, G. L., Eberhart, C. G., Weingart, J. D., & Laterra, J. (2009). Epilepsy and temporal lobe injury after skull base proton beam therapy. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, 16(9), 1220–1221.

Tan, K., Roda, R., Ostrow, L., McArthur, J., & Nath, A. (2009). PML-IRIS in patients with HIV infection: clinical manifestations and treatment with steroids. Neurology, 72(17), 1458–1464.

Activities & Honors


  • Clinical Fellow, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America-American Brain Foundation, 2014
  • Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology, American Academy of Neurology, 2005
  • NIH Pre-doctoral fellowship, NIH, 1999 - 2003

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Mechanism of Recombination in HIV-1
    Presentation, Madrid, Spain (01/01/2013)
    Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa, CSIC-Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Approach to Myopathies
    Presentation, Arlington, VA (01/01/2015)
    Virginia Hospital Center

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