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Fellows Research


BalamuthusamyFellows are provided an opportunity to do research for six to ten months during the two-year fellowship. During research months, fellows are expected to participate either in laboratory-based research or clinical research.

The goal of the research rotation is to introduce fellows to rigorous scientific activity. For those who plan a clinical career, this should provide an appreciation of the medical research, which will enhance their approach to the clinical literature throughout their careers.

The list below highlights some of the recent research projects and scholarly activities from our Nephrology fellows:

Shilpa Gadde, MD

Anderson C, Hamm LL, Batuman G, Kumbala D, Kallu S, Gadde S, Alper A, Kleinpeter M, Chen CS, Simon E, He J, Chen J.  Angiogenic Biomarkers and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (Manuscript)

Chen J, Hamm LL, Chen CS, Wu K, Kallu S, Siriki R, Gadde S, Alper A, Kleinpeter M, Batuman V, Simon E, Navar L, He J. Elevated Plasma Chymase is Associated with Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (Manuscript)

Kristina Rathmell, MD

Dr. Rathmell is the recipient of a Francisco 'Frank' M. Gonzalez Memorial Research Fund Grant from the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana for her project "Role of novel antioxidant and anti-inflammatory therapeutics against contrast-induced nephropathy in hyperglycemic human kidney proximal tubule cells".

Rathmell K, Khan AM, Teran FJ, Hering-Smith KS, Simon EE, Batuman V.  Activation of Toll-like receptor 2 in the pathogenesis of contrast-induced nephropathy. ASN Kidney Week 2015 Annual Meeting.

Khan AM, Teran FJ, Rathmell K, Hering-Smith KS, Alzoubi M, Simon EE, Batuman V.  Pathogenesis of Contrast-induced Nephropathy in Diabetes and Exploring New Therapeutics.  Southern Society for Clinical Investigation / Research Annual Meeting, 2015.

Khan AM, Teran FJ, Rathmell K, Hering-Smith KS, Alzoubi M, Simon EE, Batuman V.  Contrast-induced Nephropathy in Hyperglycemic Kidney Cells and Elderly Diabetic Mice. ASN Kidney Week 2014.  Abstract SA PO299.

Khan AM, Teran FJ, Rathmell K, Harrison-Bernard LM, Maderdrut JL, Simon EE, Batuman V.  Pathophysiology of Contrast-induced Nephropathy in Elderly and Diabetic Mice.  Tulane University Health Science Research Days 2014. Abstract A20.

Ravi Siriki, MD

Siriki, R, Syed S, Teran F.  Primary Renal Cell Carcinoma in a Transplanted Allograft Kidney.  Poster Presentation, NKF 2015. Abstract 101.

Siriki R, Syed S, Teran F, Simon E.  Anti-glomerular Basement Membrane Disease Treated with Rituximab. Abtract. ASN 2015.

Syed S, Siriki R, Teran F, Alper AB.  Sustained Low Efficiency Hemodialysis for Removal of Dabigatran. Poster Presentation, NKF, 2015. Abstract 106.

Atiq M, Siriki R, Teran F, Alper AB. Minimal Change Disease and Guillain Barre Syndrome. Oral Presentation, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, Southern Regional Meeting, 2015. Abstract 315.

Syed SZ, Siriki R, Kidd L, Teran FJ, Simon EE.  Minimal Change Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematous. Southern Society for Clinical Investigation / Research Annual Meeting 2015.

Chen J, Hamm LL, Chen CS, Wu K, Kallu S, Siriki R, Gadde S, Alper A, Kleinpeter M, Batuman V, Simon E, Navar L, He J. Elevated Plasma Chymase is Associated with Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (Manuscript)

Muhammad Atiq, MD

Atiq M, Umber A, Lee B, Alper AB, Zhang R.  A Comparison of Three Therapies on Patients with Delayed Graft Function after Kidney Transplantation.  Poster presentation, NKF, 2015.

Atiq M, Siriki R, Teran F, Alper AB.  Mimimal Change Disease and Guillain Barre Syndrome.  Oral presentation, Southern Society for Clinical Investigations, Southern Regional Meetings, 2015.

Swapna Kallu, MD

Dr. Kallu's poster, "Risk Factors Associated with Elevated Plasma Free Light Chain Levels", was accepted for presentation at the 7th International Symposium on Clinical Applications of Free Light Chains and Heavy/Light Chain Analysis.

Anderson C, Hamm LL, Batuman G, Kumbala D, Kallu S, Gadde S, Alper A, Kleinpeter M, Chen CS, Simon E, He J, Chen J. Angiogenic Biomarkers and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (Manuscript)

Chen J, Hamm LL, Chen CS, Wu K, Kallu S, Siriki R, Gadde S, Alper A, Kleinpeter M, Batuman V, Simon E, Navar L, He J. Elevated Plasma Chymase is Associated with Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. (Manuscript)

Saqib Syed, MD

Syed S, Siriki R, Teran F, Alper AB.  Sustained Low Efficiency Hemodialysis for Removal of Dabigatran. Poster presentation, NKF, 2015. Abstract 106.

Siriki R, Syed S, Teran F. Primary Renal Cell Carcinoma in a Transplanted Allograft Kidney. Poster presentation, NKF, 2015. Abstract 101.

Siriki R, Syed S, Teran F, Simon E. Anti-glomerular Basement Membrane Disease Treated with Rituximab. Abstract. ASN 2015.

Syed SZ, Siriki R, Kidd L, Teran FJ, Simon EE. Minimal Change Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematous. Southern Society for Clinical Investigation / Research Annual Meeting 2015. Abstract 318.

Additionally, our alumni have published text book chapters and appeared in publications such as Transplant International, American Journal of Physiology, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Dialysis & Transplantation, World Journal of Hepatology, JASN, and more. 

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