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Heart Institute

USF Heart Institute

Hypertension and Kidney Center

Alexander Staruschenko, PhD
Professor & Director

Welcome to the USF Health Hypertension and Kidney Center

Hypertension and the associated renal and cardiovascular complications affect a large population and are major causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Hypertension causes one-third of CKD. Kidney diseases affect more than 1 of 10 persons in developed countries. 

The USF Health Hypertension and Kidney Research Center mission is to progress the understanding of the specific pathways contributing to CKD and hypertension and finding potential treatments for these diseases.

Our members conduct diverse research programs that include bench and translational science addressing the medical needs and treatments related to hypertension and kidney disease.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our state-of-the-art education, research programs, facilities, and distinguished faculty members. 


Date  Name and affiliation  Location  
 06/22/2023 Timo Rieg, MD
USF; Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
Role of NHE1 in kidney function
MDD 603 (in person) + Teams
4 PM– 5 PM
 07/20/2023 Susan Wall, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
The role of pendrin-positive intercalated cells in blood pressure and potassium homeostasis
MDD 603 (in person) + Teams
4PM– 5 PM
 08/17/2023 Dr. Alexander Staruschenko
USF, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
Effects and Potential Mechanisms of SGLT2 Inhibition in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension
MDD 603 (in person) + Teams
4PM– 5PM
 09/28/2023 Dr. I. David Weiner, MD
University of Florida, Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Aging
Trying to understand the pathogenesis of Type lV renal tubular acidosis
MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM
 11/06/2023 Christopher T Banek, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Kidneys and Nerves - Turns Out They're Important
MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM
 11/16/2023 Kirk Campbell, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Novel Insights into the Pathogenesis of Glomerular Disease
MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM



Center Members

Alexander Staruschenko, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Hypertension and Kidney Research Center 

Ruisheng Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Kay-Pong (Daniel) Yip, Ph.D.

Saulius Sumanas, PhD

Jerome Breslin, Ph.D.

Jessica Dominguez Rieg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Timo Rieg, M.D.
Associate Professor

Yao Yao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ganesh Halade, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Lei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Christine A. Klemens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Thomas E. Sharp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


The USF Health Hypertension and Kidney Center needs your support to continue to grow and build our state-of-the art center. Our center is dedicated towards addressing unmet medical needs contributing to chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension, resulting in advancing treatments of these diseases.

Our center strives to enhance the knowledge around Hypertension and Kidney disease through our science and clinical research for our community. Any donations and contribution can best aid in achieving this goal and build our centers longevity and growth.

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