Bates Lab Former Members

Kathleen Schwabenbauer

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Neonatology).
Year of Departure: 2018.
Research: Identified roles of Wnt-beta catenin signaling in developing bladder mesenchyme
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Pawan Puri, PhD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow 
Year of departure: 2017 
Research: Identified roles for Fgfr/Frs2a signaling in nephron progenitors and postnatal renal tubular cystogenesis 
Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 

Julia Schaffer, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Neonatology) 
Year of departure:  2016 
Research: Defined development of bladder vasculature under normal and hypoxic conditions 
Current position: Staff neonatologist, Akron Children’s Hospital 

Deepti Narla, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Pediatric Nephrology) 
Year of departure: 2016 
Research: Defined role of Frsa in peri-nephric duct stroma and vesicoureteral reflux 
Current position: Staff nephrologist, Akron Children’s Hospital 

Valeria Di Giovanni, PhD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow 
Year of departure: 2015 
Research: Defined roles of Bmp and Fgfr signaling In kidney progenitor cell 
Current position: Manager of a Biobank at the Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto 

Janelle Fox, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Pediatric Urology) 
Year of departure: 2013 
Research: Defined roles of Fgf receptors in patterning the lower urinary tract 
Current position: Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. 

Stacey Slagle, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Neonatology) 
Year of departure: 2013 
Research: Defined roles of Role of Frs2a in the lower urinary tract 
Current position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine 

Christina Nguyen, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Pediatric Nephrology) 
Year of departure: 2012 
Research: Generated a genetic model of structural kidney disease and cardiac remodeling 
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Sunder Sims-Lucas, PhD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow 
Year of departure: 2012 
Research: Examined the roles of Fgf receptors in the ureteric bud 
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Ruma Pengal, PhD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow 
Year of departure: 2012 
Research: Examined the roles of Fgf receptors in kidney development 
Current position: Manager, Research & Knowledge, Samhita Social Ventures (nonprofit advising companies and foundations on impactful social initiatives 

David Hains, MD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Pediatric Nephrology) 
Year of departure:  2008 
Research: Examined the roles of Fgf receptors in ureteric bud induction and vesicoureteral reflux 
Current position: Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Section Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Riley Children’s Hospital. 

Haotian Zhao, PhD

Lab role: Postdoctoral fellow (Pediatric Nephrology) 
Year of departure: 2004 
Research: Examined the roles of Fgf receptors in ureteric bud induction and vesicoureteral reflux 
Current position: Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Section Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Riley Children’s Hospital.