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Alaa Awad profile photoAwad, Alaa, M.D. Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine/Nephrology


  • Role of Arginase-2 in Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Role of inflammation in Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Role of Pigment Epithelium Derived Factor in Diabetic Nephropathy

Shweta Bansal profile photoBansal, Shweta M.D.

Associate Professor
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director


  • High dose aldosterone antagonist in acute decompensated heart failure
  • Volume regulation in right heart failure
  • Improving hypertension control in chronic kidney disease in primary care clinics

Goutam Ghosh-Choudhury profile photoGhosh-Choudhury, Goutam, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Medicine/Nephrology
Senior Research Career Scientist South Texas Veterans Health Care


  • Upstream and downstream regulators of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) in diabetic nephropathy.
  • Role of microRNAs in diabetic nephropathy and renal cell carcinoma

Helen Hazuda profile photoHazuda, Helen, P., Ph.D.

Professor/Research and Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine/Nephrology


  • Clinical study of cardiovascular disease, diabetic nephropathy and aging
  • Algorithms and methodologic clinical research tools
  • Regulation of kidney protein synthesis and fibrosis by hydrogen sulfide in diabetes and aging.
  • Role of insulin receptor activation in kidney injury in obesity

Madesh Muniswamy profile photoMuniswamy, Madesh, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Medicine/Nephrology


Brian Reeves profile photoReeves, Brian, M.D., FACP, FASN

Professor, Medicine/Nephrology
Forland Chair in Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine


  • Inflammation in Acute Kidney Injury
  • Ion Channels in Acute Kidney Injury
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor in Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in response to glucose and other nutrient stresses
  • TransOmics analysis in humans and experimental models of disease
  • Characterization of biomarkers in human kidney tissues and biosamples to support Precision Medicine clinical trials for kidney disease.