Research Training

In addition to clinical training, fellows pursue mentored research across a wide variety of investigational choices. The area of concentration is selected based on the interest of the fellow who is responsible for designing, implementing, and completing a hypothesis-driven scholarly project under the guidance of a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) of advisors and mentors. Fellows are encouraged, but are not required, to apply for and secure external funding for their research endeavors, and are expected to submit the results of their research for dissemination in appropriate scholarly venues.

All Emory first year fellows across the Department of Pediatrics participate in a focused introductory research course entitled Fellows Introduction to Research Training (FIRsT), directed by Dr. Inci Yildirim from our Division of Infectious Diseases and involving numerous Emory faculty teaching a wide spectrum of clinical research skills.  

A funded Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program is available to selected fellows desiring the highest level of preparation for a career in clinical and/or translational research. (see:

An excellent Biostatistics Core provides assistance with analytics and statistical methodology for the design and preparation of studies, grant proposals, and manuscripts. (See

Division of Nephrology Fellows and Faculty alike benefit from outstanding clinical research coordinator support, led by Margo Kamel, PhD and a team of 3 other coordinators.  This group provides support for an impressive divisional portfolio of single and multicenter clinical research projects (see:

Research opportunities are diverse and plentiful (see Historical list of fellows’ projects below) and may include collaboration with investigators from other divisions, departments, or schools within Emory.

Primary Research projects completed, or underway, by Emory Pediatric Nephrology Fellows, and their Primary Mentors:

  • Jennifer Jackson MD (2007-10):  Urinary Chemokines CXCL9 and CXCL10 are Non-Invasive Markers of Renal Allograft Rejection and BK Viral Infection. Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, Dept of Surgery, Transplant Immunology
  • Raed Bou-Matar MD (2009-12: Protein Abundance of Urea Transporters and Aquaporin 2 Change Differently in Nephrotic Pair-fed vs. Non-pair-fed Rats. Janet Klein, PhD, Dept of Medicine, Nephrology.
  • Sandeep Riar MD (2009-12):  Restless Legs Syndrome: Severity, Iron Status & Inflammation in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease.  Larry Greenbaum MD, PhD, Division Director, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Roshan George MD (2010-13): T cell Senescence and Exhaustion in Pediatric Pre-Transplant Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.  Allan Kirk, MD, PhD.  Dept of Surgery, Transplant Immunology
  • Shahid Nadeem MD (2011-14): ACE Fetopathy and A Randomized Study of Two Doses of Vitamin D in Children with CKD.  Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD.  Division Director, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Chia-shi Wang MD (2012-15): Single Center Experience of Inpatient Healthcare Utilization Among Pediatric Patients with Nephrotic Syndrome.  Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD.  Division Director, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Frank Ayestaran MD (2012-15): Perceived Appetite and Clinical Outcomes in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease.  Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD.  Division Director, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Rima Zahr DO (2013-16): Renoprotection by Atorvastatin in Sickle Cell Disease and A Multicenter Study of Biopsy Findings and Clinical Outcomes in Children with Sickle Cell Disease.  David Archer, PhD.  Pediatric Hematology and Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD. Division Director, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Alana Bozeman MD (2014-17): Profiling Metabolic Differences between Graft- vs. Pathogen-Elicited CD8+ T Cell Responses.  Mandy Ford, PhD, Dept of Surgery, Transplant Immunology
  • Loretta Reyes MD (2015- ): Role of Dysregulated Arginine Metabolism in Uremic Cardiomyopathy.  Claudia Morris, MD.  Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  • K’joy Simms MD (2106- ): Perceptions of Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease on the Risk for Affected Offspring.  Fred Rhabari, MD.  Dept of Medicine, Nephrology
  • Karie Mersha MD (2016- ): Transplant Outcomes of Young Adults Cared for at Adult vs Pediatric Transplant Centers.  Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH.  Dept of Surgery, Transplant Outcomes Research Program