Eric G Neilson, MD

Eric G Neilson, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension) and Cell and Molecular Biology


Administrative office: 312-503-0340

Rubloff Building 12th floor
420 E Superior
Chicago IL 60611

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Education and Certification

MD: University of Alabama (1975)
Internship: University of Pennsylvania Hospitals, Medicine (1976)
Residency: University of Pennsylvania Hospitals (1978)
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Hospitals, Nephrology (1979)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania, Immunology (1980)
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Nephrology


Description of Interests

The principal goal of my research is to understand the nephritogenic immune response in autoimmune renal disease. This research runs the gamut of immunologic mechanisms to understanding the development or organ fibrogenesis and cellular transdifferentiation. Our studies critically analyze the immunogenetic and interactional events surrounding T cell activation, effector T cell differentiation, immune modulation of renal tubular cells and fibroblasts in anti-basement membrane diseases, and with this understanding, develop experimental strategies which can attenuate the expression of renal injury. We have a particularly active interest in the cell fate of fibroblasts during fibrogenesis in transgenic mice. More recently we have gotten interested in how breast cancer cells use the same programs when they metastasize. We use trangenic and knockin mice, cell sorting, biochemical methosds of protein identification, molecular cloning and mutagenesis, as well as cell culture and confocal microscopy.

Interests (Keywords)

Autoimmune Diseases; Nephrology

Research and Publications

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