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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric nephrology research


Lavjay Butani, M.D.

Dr. Butani's research interests are focused on improving the outcomes after kidney transplantation by optimally using newer immunosuppressive medications and regimens for children and also studying the implications of calcium excretion in the urine on the risk of stones and osteoporosis in children of different ethnic backgrounds.

Sudesh Makker, M.D.

Dr. Makker conducts research on immune-mediated glomerular diseases; investigates the biochemical and molecular nature of autoantigens responsible for autoimmune glomerular diseases and studies the immunopathologic mechanisms involved in the genesis as well as immuno-specific treatment of these diseases.

Stephanie Nguyen, M.D., M.A.S.

Dr. Nguyen's current research projects include investigating the role of diet and obesity on the development of kidney disease and hypertension, and studying outcomes of hypertension in children with diabetes mellitus.

Alfonso Tramontano, Ph.D.

Dr. Tramontano conducts research in unconventional antibody function and molecular mechanisms of autoimmune disease pathogenesis.  He investigates the role of pathogenic or beneficial autoantibodies induced with recombinant or chemically modified antigens in animal models of autoimmune glomerulonephritis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.