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. 


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.

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.
Research Associate

Hypertension and Kidney Center team Dr. Star in Hypertension and Kidney Center 450X304 image size


Date  Name and affiliation  Location  
11/17/2022  Lei Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology USF Morsani College of Medicine
MDD 603 ( in person) + Teams 
12/15/2022  Arohan R. Subramanya, MD 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
MDD 603 ( in person) + Teams
 01/19/2023 Dr. Ade Adebiyi, PhD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
MDD 603 (in person) + Teams


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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