Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Research Centers and Labs

Research Centers

  • Center for Matrix Biology: An interdepartmental group of basic and clinical scientists, whose research involves different aspects of biology of the extracellular matrices
  • Vanderbilt O'Brien Kidney Center: The mission of the VOKC is to provide technical and conceptual support to understand mechanisms and identify potential therapies for acute and chronic kidney disease.
  • The Kidney Project: A long-term effort to engineer an implantable artificial kidney to improve the lives of patients with renal failure

Research Labs

  • Gohar Lab: Identifying the role of renal estrogen signaling in the regulation of blood pressure and renal sodium handling. 
  • Haase Lab: The laboratory of Dr. Volker Haase studies hypoxia response pathways in erythropoiesis and iron metabolism, chronic kidney injury and ischemic pre-conditioning, inflammation, kidney development and tumorigenesis.
  • Woodard Lab: We use design principles of engineering to guide our experiments as we develop new medicines for the most common illnesses in nephrology. ​​​​​​​

Spotlight on the Kidney Project

The Kidney Project focuses on Artificial Kidney Development, as Dr. William H. Fissell describes in the video.