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Heart Institute

USF Heart Institute

Hypertension and Kidney Center

Dr. Staruschenko in the 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. 

Learn more about how targeting high blood pressure, USF Health research on kidneys could also help your heart.


Date  Name and affiliation  Location  

Meena S. Madhur, MD, PhD
Director of Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

MDD 603 (in person) + Teams
4PM– 5PM

Jin Ouchi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Role of mitochondrial calcium and ROS in Right Ventricular Fibrosis

Bong Sook Jhun, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Role of Protein Kinase D in Right Ventricular Fibrosis

MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM

Zheng Dong, PhD
Regents' Professor, Leon H. Charbonnier Endowed Chair
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
Augusta University

MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM

Thu H. Le, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Nephrology
Rochester University
GSTM1-Transulfuration Metabolic Axis in Kidney Disease – a Precision Medicine Approach

MDD 603 (in person) +Teams
4PM - 5PM
 07/18/2024 Presented by: the 2024 Research & Education in Nephrology for Undergraduate Medical Students
(RENUM-FL) program participants
RENUM-FL Data Diuresis
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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