Kuang-Yu Jen, M.D., Ph.D.

Kuang-Yu Jen, M.D., Ph.D.


Pathology - Renal

Pathology - Transplant


  • Director of Renal Pathology
  • Associate Professor
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Jen earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received his PhD in molecular biology.  He trained at UC San Francisco, where he served as Chief Resident and completed fellowships in renal pathology, transplant & liver pathology, and surgical pathology.  

He joined the UC San Francisco faculty in 2012, where he also served as the Associate Residency Program Director before joining UC Davis as its Director of Renal Pathology earlier this year.  

Dr. Jen has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and several book chapters on renal pathology.  He also is active in research and teaching, having obtained several research grants and received multiple teaching awards.


Anatomic Pathology


M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA 2006

Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 2005

B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1998


Anatomic Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2006-2009


Renal Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2010-2011

Surgical and Transplant Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2011-2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology,

Professional Memberships

American Society of Nephrology

College of American Pathologists

Renal Pathology Society

United States - Canadian Academy of Pathology

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2015

Chief Resident, Anatomic Pathology, UCSF, 2011

Resident Teaching Award, Department of Pathology, UCSF, 2011

Select Recent Publications

McCreery MQ, Halliwill KD, Chin D, Delrosario R, Hirst G, Vuong P, Jen KY, Hewinson J, Adams DJ, Balmain A. Evolution of metastasis revealed by mutational landscapes of chemically induced skin cancers. Nat Med. 2015 Dec;21(12):1514-20.

Westcott PMK, Halliwill KD, To MD, Rashid M, Rust AG, Keane TM, Delrosario R, Jen KY, Gurley KE, Kemp CJ, Fredlund E, Quigley DA, Adams DJ, Balmain A. The mutational landscapes of genetic and chemical models of Kras-driven lung cancer. Nature. 2015 Jan 22;517(7535):489-92.

Carlson AQ, Tuot DS, Jen KY, Butcher B, Graf J, Sam R, Imboden JB. Pauci-immune glomerulonephritis in individuals with disease associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine: a series of 4 cases. Medicine. 2014 Oct;93(17):290-7.

Cheung VG, Conlin LK, Weber TM, Arcaro M, Jen KY, Morley M, Spielman RS. Natural variation in human gene expression assessed in lymphoblastoid cells. Nat Genet. 2003 Mar;33(3):422-5.

Jen KY, Fix OK, Foster EN, Laszik ZL, Ferrell LD. Monoclonal light chain deposits within the stomach manifesting as immunotactoid. Ultrastructural Pathology. 2015 Feb;39(1):62-8.

Jen KY, Olson JL, Brodsky S, Zhou XJ, Nadasdy T, Laszik ZG.  Reliability of whole slide images as a diagnostic modality for renal allograft biopsies.  Hum Pathol. 2013 May;44(5):888-94.

Jen KY, Song IY, Banta KL, Wu D, Mao JH, Balmain A. Sequential mutations in Notch1, Fbxw7 and Tp53 in radiation-induced mouse thymic lymphomas. Blood. 2012 Jan 19;119(3):805-9.

Jen KY, Nguyen TB, Vincenti FG, Laszik ZG. C4d/CD34 double-immunofluorescence staining of renal allograft biopsies for assessing peritubular capillary C4d positivity. Mod Pathol. 2012 Mar;25(3):434-8.

Jen KY, Cheung VG. Identification of novel p53 target genes in ionizing radiation response. Cancer Res. 2005 Sep 1;65(17):7666-73.

Jen KY, Cheung VC. Transcriptional response of lymphoblastoid cells to ionizing radiation. Genome Res. 2003 Sep;13(9):2092-100.