2016 NephCure Award Recipients
NephCure Kidney International-Neptune Ancillary Studies Grant
Moumita Barua, MD
Molecular Diagnosis in Adult-onset Familial and Sporadic Focal and Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
Dr. Barua’s primary research focus is genetic forms of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Understanding its genetic causes has advanced our knowledge in the molecular pathogenesis of disease but significant gaps in knowledge still remain. Dr. Barua’s laboratory focuses on developing next-generation sequencing based testing as a diagnostic clinical tool while leveraging it to discover new FSGS genes. Ultimately, her laboratory aims to translate research findings to help guide interpretation of genetic testing in the clinical setting to personalize the care of patients with FSGS in reaching diagnoses, selecting suitable at-risk kidney donors and tailoring treatment options. The laboratory also uses clinically relevant genetic models for mechanistic based studies.