Dr. Steven Funk Joins WashU Nephrology Faculty as Instructor of Medicine

Steven Funk, PhD

Steven Funk, PhD, has joined the Division of Nephrology faculty as an instructor of medicine. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Funk earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and his doctoral degree in cell biology and anatomy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport.  He came to Washington […]

Repurposing Drugs May Help Fast-track Clinical Trials Aimed at Slowing Alport Syndrome Progression

The Alport Syndrome Foundation awarded Dr. Benjamin Humphreys, Joseph Friedman Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and Chief, Division of Nephrology, a two-year, $125,000 grant for his proposal “Tubulointerstitial Profiling for Alport Syndrome Target Identification.” Alport Syndrome results from damage caused to podocytes, cells that help form the filtration barrier within the glomerulus.  Damage to […]

Dr. Jeffrey Miner President-elect of ASMB

Congratulations to Jeffrey Miner, PhD, JASN, who was recently elected President-elect of the American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB) for 2019-2020.  He will serve as president from 2021-2022.  Dr. Miner is Professor of Medicine and Director of Basic Research in the Division of Nephrology and Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University School […]

Conference Spotlights Polycystic and Rare Kidney Diseases

The 2nd International Forum on Polycystic and Rare Kidney Diseases, held in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, September 3-5, 2018, brought together researchers and clinicians from around the world to discuss the latest scientific and medical advances in polycystic and rare kidney disease research. The forum covered topics ranging from identification and characterization of disease-causing variants […]

New Study Provides Insight for Variability in the Severity of Alport Syndrome

Alport syndrome is an inherited disease characterized by progressive loss of kidney function, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. The syndrome is caused by genetic mutations that affect expression and/or function of the type IV collagen family protein isoforms COL4A3, COL4A4, and COL4A5, which help form the glomerular basement membranes. The onset, symptoms, progression, and severity […]

Jeffrey Miner Helps Mentor Joshua Sanes Celebrate Gruber Award

Professor of Medicine Jeffrey Miner, Division of Nephrology, was proud to witness his Washington University postdoc mentor, Dr. Joshua R. Sanes, receive the 2017 Gruber Neuroscience Prize at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 2017 (sfn17) in Washington DC, November 11-15. This award, funded by the Gruber Foundation at Yale University, honors scientists […]

On the Road – ASMB Meeting in Nashville

Professor of Medicine Jeffrey Miner and members of his laboratory just spent some quality time together. The group took a road trip to the 2017 American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB) Workshop on Basement Membranes, held July 12-14 at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Dr. Miner, Division of Nephrology at Washington University, and Dr. Roy Zent, […]

Joseph Miller – The Road from RN to MD

The Division of Nephrology bids a fond farewell to Joseph B. Miller, who will be entering the University of California Riverside School of Medicine (UCR SOM), class of 2021. Joseph, an RN, has worked as a research technician in the laboratory of Professor of Medicine Jeffrey Miner, PhD, FASN, for the past year and a […]

Non-Invasive Screening Tool for Alport Syndrome

A novel method to diagnose X-linked Alport Syndrome has been developed and validated in a recent study by Andrew Malone, MBBCh, Steven Funk, PhD, Tarek Alhamad, MD and Jeffrey Miner, PhD, in the Division of Nephrology. Alport syndrome is an inherited disease characterized by a progressive loss of kidney function, hearing loss and eye abnormalities, […]

Alport Family Meetings Held This Weekend at Washington University

One of the 2016 Alport Family Meetings is being held in Saint Louis this weekend, July 30-31, at Washington University. The gathering allows patients and families affected by Alport Syndrome to meet each other and obtain updates on the latest research from experts in the field. The meetings also provide the opportunity to learn more […]