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Moumita Barua, MD

Supervisor: Dr. Martin Pollak
Award: KRESCENT Fellowship
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Year: 2010-2013

Dr. Moumita Barua will pursue her post-doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Martin Pollak at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Barua is interested in Focal and Segmental GlomeruloSclerosis (FSGS), a disease that attacks the kidney's filtering system (glomeruli) and can lead to kidney failure. Studies of families with FSGS have revealed several disease-causing genes. Dr. Barua will study the contribution of these known disease-causing genes in a group of people with FSGS, both with and without a family history of the disease, and hopes to discover new FSGS-causing genes. The project is intended to increase our understanding of the genetic basis of FSGS and is the first step in understanding the processes that malfunction in the kidney affected by FSGS, with an eventual goal of designing effective targeted therapies.