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Meet the Fellows

Get to know our fellows' research interests in the profiles below:

Marta Martinez Calle

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Marta Martinez Calle

Marta is a Postdoctoral Fellow who completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Her primary research interest is focused on unravelling the molecular mechanisms of HNF4α in bone dynamics, as well as its interaction with FGF23 production in health and chronic kidney disease.

Vikas Chonira

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Vikas Chonira

Vikas is a Postdoctoral Fellow and completed his PhD in Protein Biochemistry and Engineering at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He also has a clinical Medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Manipal University, India. His primary research interests include exploring the mechanistic basis of PHEX, DMP1 and FGF23 interactions as well as effect of DMP1 on cardiac hypertrophy. Vikas is interested in mapping signaling pathways to produce therapeutic interventions to complex diseases.

Guillaume Courbon

AHA Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Guillaume Courbon

Guillaume is an AHA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He completed his PhD in Physiology and Immunology at the University of Lyon and MS in Biotechnology at the University of Saint Etienne, France. His primary research interests include exploring the novel mechanisms of regulation of inflammation and anemia of chronic disease during chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disorder, with a strong focus on the physiopathological role of FGF23 and identification of novel FGF23 regulatory targets. In the CTMH group, Guillaume is interested in the translation of basic findings to unravel patient physiopathology and design therapeutical strategies against chronic inflammatory diseases.

Claire Gerber

ASN Postdoctoral Fellow

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Claire Gerber

Claire is an ASN Postdoctoral Fellow and completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences and MPH at the University of Connecticut. Her primary research interests include evaluating chronic kidney disease disparities, SGLT2 inhibitors safety profile, and the impact various diets have on chronic kidney disease development in progression. Claire is interested in combining her training in basic science and public health to identify avenues that will delay disease progression and improve outcomes for patients.

Alumni and Past Fellows

Josh Bundy, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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Josh Bundy

Josh was an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow and completed his MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology at Tulane University. His primary research interests include identification of novel risk factors for subclinical disease and targets for therapy in patients with chronic kidney disease, who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Josh is interested in testing new interventions in clinical trials and employing novel statistical approaches for evidence-based medicine, including new disease prediction methods and exploring the intersection of technology and disease prevention.

Amanda Paluch, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Institute for Applied Life Sciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Amanda Paluch

"CTMH has been key to bridging my background in public health and physical activity epidemiology with chronic kidney disease research. CTMH's translational science approach and cross-disciplinary team has provided a well-rounded understanding—from the molecular mechanisms to clinical biomarkers to population-level determinants—of the risk and progression of chronic kidney disease. The training and mentorship through CTMH has inspired my future line of research toward understanding how physically active lifestyles can benefit patients with chronic kidney disease."

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