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Katalin Szaszi, MD, PhD

Award: KRESCENT New Investigator Award
Institution: St. Michael's Hospital
Year: 2007-2010

Dr. Katalin Szaszi is a new investigator at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular and cellular physiology at Semmelweis University in Hungary and a post-doctoral internship in cell biology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She will be studying the cellular connections central to the structural integrity of the epithelium of the kidney’s functional units or tubules. Regulation of these connections is pivotal for normal functioning of the kidney, but a number of diseases can alter them. Dr. Szaszi’s research aims to study the molecular activities that associate these structures with negative outcomes such as kidney inflammatory responses, scarring and organ failure.