Nephrology Fellowship Research Opportunities

Outstanding Opportunities for Research

The Pediatric Nephrology program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of a handful in the country to qualify for a prestigious T32 grant from NIH, which helps fund the cost of research fellows. This grant, plus the extensive resources of one of the nation’s most advanced medical centers, offers a rich environment for basic, translational and clinical research.

Research areas

  • Electrolyte and fluid management
  • Renal development (genetic and epigenetic)
  • Lower urinary tract development
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Obstructive nephropathy
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Neonatal hydronephrosis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Transplant immunology/infection
  • Podocyte and renal tubular epithelial cell biology
  • Protein trafficking in epithelial cells
  • Glomerular injury and nephrotic syndrome
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Fibrotic kidney disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Bioethics

Comprehensive training in research

As a fellow, you will also have the opportunity to work with faculty across the University of Pittsburgh, including the Adult Nephrology program, which also has an abundance of NIH-funded researchers and a prestigious NIH O’Brien Center dedicated to foster collaborations in renal research. You will be assigned a research mentor and a scholarly oversight committee, and will undergo didactic courses to ensure progress in completing a specific research project, writing manuscripts, and learning how to write grant applications.

In summary, fellows that complete the program will be well-trained clinicians and/or emerging clinician-scientists.