Nephrology Fellowship Research Opportunities

Comprehensive Training in Research

As a fellow, you will 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. Fellows will choose a research mentor in consultation with the fellowship program director and be supported in identifying additional faculty to serve on their scholarly oversight committee. Fellows develop skills in designing a research project, data analysis, oral presentations, writing manuscripts and learning how to write grant applications.

Outstanding Opportunities for Research

  • Clinical, translational and basic research
  • The Pediatric Nephrology program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 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.
  • The Division of Pediatric Nephrology faculty includes 5 research MDs and 2 research PhDs, most of whom have received NIH funding.
  • The University of Pittsburgh has 30+ faculty mentors available with NIH-funded programs in nephrology research.
  • The University is one of the top 5 centers in the US for NIDDK funding that supports kidney, endocrine, and gastroenterology research.

Nephrology facultyResearch 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