Department of Renal Medicine



New starter May 2021

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Dr Natasha Liou

Natasha joins the DoRM as a PhD student with the Bladder Infection and Immunity Group (BIIG) led by Harry Horsley and Rajvinder Khasriya. Her first taste of research was in 2015 when she studied the differences in urinary sampling methods in pregnancy as an MSc student at UCL. Since then, she's been hooked! Natasha comes back six years later, now also an O&G doctor, to continue research on urine and urine infections in pregnancy with BIIG. She will be focusing on developing an image-based machine learning platform to automate and enhance urinalysis for the diagnosis of UTI. 


April 2021

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Beth Wan who has been awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, funded by Kidney Research UK over 3 years.

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New starters 2021

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Ali Al-Rashed

PhD student

Supervisor: Dr Ben Caplin

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Carmen Cusack

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr Riko Klootwijk

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Dr Sachin Deshpande

Prof Daniel Gale's group

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Dr Carlos Flores

Dr Jennifer Rohn's Group

January 2021

PhD Success

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Congratulations to Eva Smpokou who sucessfully defended her PhD thesis on 'Investigating the potential causes of mesoamerican nephropathy'.


23 November 2020

UCL Department of Renal Medicine team featured on BBC's Hospital documentary about the Royal Free London

 Watch on BBC iPlayer here

November 2020

PhD Fellowship

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Department of Renal Medicine PhD student, Amin Oomatia, was recently awarded a fellowship by the Colt Foundation. The fellowship is very competitive and we warmly congratulate Amin.  Some information below on Amin's area of research:

Mesoamerican nephropathy is highly prevalent in central America and represents a significant health care burden to the already impoverished communities who are affected by it. Despite the disease being reported over 20 years ago, the cause still remains unknown. My PhD project has two arms which will utilise DNA collected from participants from the Colt foundation’s Nicaraguan cohort study which is led by my supervisor, Dr Ben Caplin. The first arm is looking at the in-vitro effects of a genetic risk factor that puts participants who carry it at a much greater risk of developing the disease. The second arm of my project involves looking at DNA methylation as an objective marker to detect and quantify various environmental exposures such as pesticides or heat stress that the study participants may have been exposed to, and then to see if it associates with declining kidney function. Together, these two strands will help provide some insight as to the nature of the causal agent underlying Mesoamerican nephropathy, but also provide additional evidence as to whether various proposed aetiologies truly are associated with the disease.


Summer 2020

Congratulations to Marilina Antonelou, Rhys Evans, Timo Haschler and Qingyang (Peter) Kong who all successfully defended their PhD theses on Teams during the first lockdown.