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Drummond Lab Team

Drummond lab: Iain DrummondIain Drummond PhD Principal Investigator, Drummond lab. Dr. Drummond received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley for work on ionic signaling and the Drosophila heat shock response. His postdoctoral work at Northwestern University Medical School and the University of Chicago focused on gene regulation in Dictyostelium and the Wilms tumor suppressor in human cells. At the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Dr. Drummond pioneered studies of the zebrafish to discover mechanisms of organ development, pathobiology of kidney disease, and stem cell-based mechanisms of kidney regeneration. Dr. Drummond is currently Professor and Director of the Davis Center for Aging and Regeneneration at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine.

12630732_10208517472356819_1132557070_oCaramai Kamei PhD studies kidney regeneration and Wnt signaling in adult zebrafish. Nana is interested in organogenesis and how developmental mechanisms contribute to repair and regeneration in adult organs. She received her PhD in Dr. Tom Schultheiss’ and Dr. Cliff Tabin’s labs at the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics on the role of Bmp-regulated transcription factors in kidney and vascular development. More recently she has found that Wnt signaling is essential for stem cell based nephron regeneration. Dr. Kamei is currently Senior Research Scientist at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine.

Magdalena Cardenas Rodriguez PhD received her PhD from the Universidad de la República in Montevideo Uruguay. Dr. Cardenas-Rodriguez continued her work with Dr. J.L. Badano at the Human Molecular Genetics Lab., Institut Pasteur of Montevideo studying novel functions of the Bardet-Biedl ciliopathy syndrome associated protein CCDC28B. At MGH Dr. Cardenas-Rodriguez has continued her work on ciliopathies, studying novel mechanisms of genetic compensation for mutation in the centrosomal protein Cep290. Dr. Cardenas-Rodriguez has also discovered pathways involved in mechanosensory signaling in ciliogenesis.

Lydia Djenoune PhD recieved her PhD Summa cum laude from the French National Museum of Natural History under the mentorship of Dr. Clare Wyart studying cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons in zebrafish. An expert in in vivo calcium imaging, Dr. Djenoune is discovering the role of calcium signaling in kidney glomerular morphogenesis.

Past lab members

12631083_10208517472076812_498051652_oTom Gallegos PhD is a Research Fellow studying FGF signaling during kidney regeneration. Tom received his PhD at the University of California San Diego in the lab of Sanjay Nigam. Tom is currently working in a biotech startup to produce organ replacement devices.

12631244_10208517472036811_788718156_oRitu Tomar PhD studied kidney glomerular morphogenesis, vascular interactions and novel podocyte cell signaling mediated by intracellular calcium. Dr. Tomar received her PhD from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

12636918_10208517468716728_651463377_oJudith Bergboer PhD studied sensory ciliopathies and cell signaling. Dr. Bergboer received her PhD in experimental dermatology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands.

12630767_10208517471076787_510709359_oGuillaume Dorval MD PhD  received his M.D. degree in 2010 from the Rene Descartes University of Medicine, Paris V and  completed his Magistère Européen de Génétique there along with his Inter Universities Diploma in Paediatric Nephrology. Dr. Dorval is currently at the Imagine Institute in Paris and studies novel genetic causes of nephropathy.

12631116_10208517472276817_1770242413_oYuya Sugano PhD  obtained his degree under the direction of Drs. Johannes Loffing and  Stephan Neuhauss. Dr. Sugano’s thesis work focused on kidney distal tubule cell function as well as podocyte function in the zebrafish. Dr. Sugano continues his work on the kidney as a fellow at the University of Zurich.

12591772_10208517472636826_899056306_oErin Merkel is a graduate of the BBS program at Harvard Medical School. She is now working a the Scheppens Eye Institute on gene therapy applications.

12620674_10208517468476722_1573886853_oMohamed Adan received his BS degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Mr. Adan is an expert in aquaculture and zebrafish maintenance and studies using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in zebrafish. Mr Adan is now pursuing a degree as a Physicians Assistant.