Sudarsan Rajagopal


Sudarsan joined the Life Sciences group as a Trainee Patent Attorney in 2018. After studying Microbiology for his undergraduate degree at the University of Madras, India, Sudarsan pursued his doctoral studies at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. He graduated with an Integrated MSc-PhD in Biology, where coursework spanned a variety of his interests, including molecular and cellular biology, immunology, parasitology, neuroscience, and protein biophysics.

His doctoral thesis investigated novel roles of a class of ribosomal proteins in the malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and the evolutionarily related parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. His research helped elucidate unique aspects of these proteins, including unusual trafficking mechanisms, a structural basis for their propensity for self-association, and their role in recognition of host cells by parasites. Subsequently, he worked in the technology transfer office of a major Indian university. Here, he enjoyed working with academics from different disciplines to identify and assess patentable aspects of their research. Prior to joining Carpmaels & Ransford, he worked as a patent analyst on projects funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, studying the impact of patents on access to medicines around the world.

In his spare time, he likes exploring city bylanes either on foot or on a motorcycle, and enjoys discovering music that caters to his eclectic tastes.


  • MSc Biology (University of Madras, India)
  • PhD Biology (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)