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The Division and its affiliated faculty have strengths in several basic science areas. These include a strong interest in the evolving area of podocyte biology, molecular genetics of cystic disease and glomerulopathies, acute tubular epithelial cell injury, epithelial cell biology, signal transduction, lipid/phospholipase biochemistry and function, kidney development, smooth muscle biology and glucose transporters, and biomedical engineering.

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Several of our faculty members have joint appointments in or close research relationships with the following departments:
Dr. Humes

As well as the following institutes/centers:

Indicative of outstanding basic science research within the Division, the group was recently awarded a renewal of its George M. O'Brien Renal Center grant entitled "Biology of the Glomerular Podocyte." This Center grant is awarded to only five research centers in the United States to enhance research in an already strong group of investigators. The Division has now held four consecutive five-year Center grants.

Faculty encourage M.D. trainees interested in basic science to participate in the Postdoctoral Research Training Program offered through the University of Michigan Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This program provides an excellent didactic and hands-on introduction to state-of-the-art cell and molecular biological research.

The following faculty have a particular interest in basic science research:

Abe, Akira, Ph.D. Margolis, Benjamin, M.D.
Brosius III, Frank C., M.D. Patel, Sanjeevkumar R., M.D.
Garg, Punnet, M.D. Pennathur, Subramaniam, M.B.B.S.
Humes, H. David, M.D. Shayman, James A., M.D.
Johnson, Kent J., M.D. Weinberg, Joel M., M.D.
Killen, Paul D., M.D., Ph.D. Weitzel III, William F., M.D.
Kretzler, Matthias, M.D. Wiggins, Roger C., M.B., B.Chir.

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