Division of Nephrology

Sanna-Cherchi Lab


Lab Members


Simone Sanna-Cherchi, MD

Principal Investigator

Postdocs, Clinical Researchers, and Research Scientists

Jeremiah Martino, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Yask Gupta, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Juntao Ke, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Benjamin Wooden, MD

Clinical Research Fellow


Tze Yin (Joanne) Lim, MS


Technicians & Students

Qingxue Liu

Research Worker

Gina Jin

Lab Technician

Lab Alumni and Members At-Large

(Ordered alphabetically)

Dina Ahram, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Currently: Senior Director – Clinical Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Katelin Burgess, MD
Role: Technician
Currently: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Valentina Capone, MD
Role: Postdoc
Currently: Pediatric Nephrologist at the Pediatric Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplant Unit of Fondazione IRCCS Ca’Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milano, Italy
Jonathan (“JJ”) Diah, MD, MPH
Role: Medical student (T35)*
Currently: Urology Resident, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
David Fasel
Role: Bioinformatician and developer
Ester Lopez-Rivera, PhD
Role: Postdoc
Currently: Adjunct Faculty, SUNY Ulster
Gabriel Makar, MD
Role: technician

Currently: Orthopedic Surgery Resident, Geisinger Medical Center

Adele Mitrotti, MD
Role: Postdoc
Currently: Nephrologist and PhD Student, Dept of Precision and Regenerative Medicine and Ionian Area (DIMPERE-J), University of Bari, Aldo Moro
Ariene Ouedraogo
Role: Summer Student
Alejandra Perez, MD
Role: medical student (T35)*
Currently: Urology Resident, Mt Sinai Medical Center (FL)
Brittany Perry, DO
Role: technician
Currently: Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nemours Children’s Hospitals (DE)
Katarina Vukojevic, MD
Role: Postdoc

Currently: Professor of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology 
Vice-dean of Science, postgraduate studies and international cooperation, Director of Center for Translational Research in Biomedicine, Co-director of PhD study program Biology of Neoplasms, Vice-head of Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology
Head of Laboratory for Early Human Development, University of Split School of Medicine

Rik Westland, MD, PhD
Role: Postdoc
Currently: Paediatric Nephrologist at Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC
Gregory Whittemore, MD
Role: Medical & Master’s Student
Currently: Urology Resident, University of Pennsylvania
Zonghai Yan, PhD
Role: Postdoc


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