Division of General internal medicine & geriatrics

Leah Siskind, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Leah Siskind received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park in 2003.  Dr. Siskind completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Maryland College Park and the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Siskind is funded by a Veteran's Administration Career Development Award and was promoted to Assistant Professor in September 2008.

Dr. Siskind is a non-clinician scientist with training in membrane biophysics and mitochondrial bioenergetics that is completing training in cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry.  Her research is focused on identifying the underlying mechanisms that drive kidney cell death in response to toxic agents during nephrotoxicity and during nephropathy.  Dr. Siskind's main research interests center on the sphingolipid ceramide, a pro-death sphingolipid that is known to be involved in the initiation of kidney cell death.  Her work aims to determine the mechanism by which particular pro-death proteins regulate ceramide metabolism during kidney cell death.  The ultimate goal of Dr. Siskind's research is to develop novel therapeutic approaches to both increase the effectiveness of medications used to treat the elderly and prevent the loss of kidney cell mass during nephropathy.

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Leah Siskind, Ph.D.

Dr. Siskind's Research Interest

The sphingolipid ceramide, a pro-death sphingolipid that is known to be involved in the initiation of kidney cell death.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Siskind's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.
 
 
 

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