Research Tracks

The training program has the following two tracks:

These may be combined with nephrology/transplant nephrology fellowships and a combined adult/pediatric nephrology fellowship. 

Common Features of Clinical and Basic Science Research Tracks

The UCSF fellowship program is unique in the breadth of opportunities available for fellows. Although we guarantee the salary support for our research fellows, our trainees have been very successful in obtaining individual extramural funding from outsides sources such as the NIH, American Kidney Fund (AKF), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Society of Nephrology and others.

Our track record in successful extramural funding during the transition from fellow to faculty is unsurpassed. Since 2005, 26 of the UCSF ACGME renal fellowship graduates have successfully obtained 36 career development awards.

  • 6 K08: Vivek Bhalla, 2005; Alan Pao, 2006; Sunfa Chang, 2006; Denise Marciano, 2008; Denis Glenn, 2009; Steven Kim, 2016 (declined);
  • 14 K23: Andy Choi, 2008; Carmen Peralta, 2009; Nisha Bansal, 2010; Yoshio Hall, 2010 [at UW]; James Wetmore, 2010 [at Kansas]; Ruth Dubin, 2012; Cynthia Delgado, 2012 (declined for VA DCA); Vanessa Grubbs, 2012; Delphine Tuot, 2012; Meyeon Park, 2013; Raymond Hsu, 2013; Julie Ishida, 2015; Elaine Ku, 2016; Vasantha Jotwani, 2016;
  • 2 Beeson Career Development Awards: Ann O'Hare, 2006; Manjula Kurella Tamura, 2007;
  • 9 K12/KL2: Kathleen Liu, 2005; Afshin Parsa, 2006 [at Univ of Maryland]; Harini Chakkera, 2008 [at Mayo]; Carmen Peralta, 2008; Nisha Bansal, 2010 (declined for K23); Delphine Tuot, 2011; Raymond Hsu, 2013; Elaine Ku, 2015; Vasantha Jotwani, 2016;
  • 1 AHA Fellow to Faculty Award: Joachim Ix, 2005;
  • 2 VA Career Development Awards: Adriana Hung, 2009 [at Vanderbilt]; Cynthia Delgado, 2012;
  • 2 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Awards: Carmen Peralta, 2011; Vanessa Grubbs, 2012;
  • 1 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award: Meyeon Park, 2015.

Within this same time span, 14 of the 26 have progressed to become principal investigators of VA Merit Review (Dr. Hung) or R01-level grants (Drs. Bhalla, Ix, Liu, Marciano, O’Hare, Peralta, Tamura, Bansal, Tuot, Pao, Dubin, Park, Ku) and an 15th fellow become principal investigator of a PCORI award (Dr. Mitch Lunn).

Each research fellow receives comprehensive didactic instruction and research experience guided by dedicated mentors.

  • Didactic Instruction: All research fellows will receive didactic instruction in research methodologies, writing grants and papers. This instruction in scientific writing includes a 15-part series of interactive seminars on building blocks of writing, structure of the parts of a research paper, and the writing and publishing processes
  • Research Experience: All research fellows have the opportunity to present and discuss research methods, results and conclusions at the Renal Research Conference in addition to lab/ research group meetings. They also have supervised research projects that provide hands-on laboratory or analytical experience. They gain grantsmanship skills through mentored grant applications.
  • Mentorship: Our program comprises faculty members with diverse research portfolios and extensive mentorship experience. Each fellow's research mentor will provide guidance regarding research progress, career development, grant submissions, and manuscript preparation. In addition, each fellow will also have a research committee of at least three faculty members. The research committee will meet regularly to review the trainee's research progress and direction and plans for publications and grant submissions.