Sunder Sims-Lucas, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director of Student Research Training
  • Histopathology Core Director 

Sunder Sims-Lucas is a basic research scientist whose focus was on the formation of the developing vasculature in the kidney and the predisposition to adult-onset disease when there is defective development. He was involved in a major initiative by the NIH in the growth of new kidney tissues. His laboratory also studied blood flow and hypoxia and the role that they play in patterning the various renal lineages. He recently began exploring the role of the microvasculature in acute kidney injury. He has authored more than 45 publications and despite being an early stage investigator was supported by many NIH grants including a K01, R03, and U24 grants. He has acquired local awards including a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Research Advisory Committee grant, a University of Pittsburgh Vascular Medicine Institute pilot award, and a University of Pittsburgh McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine pilot award.

Major Lectureships and Seminars

  • “Renal Endothelial Progenitors during Development and Injury,” 13th International Workshop on Developmental Nephrology, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Salt Lake City, UT, July 2015
  • “Blood Flow and Oxygenation during Kidney Development and Disease,” Molecular Medicine Seminar Series, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA, 2016.

Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships

  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization

Educational Roles

  • Appointed Director of Student Research Training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Member of the educational committee at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Designed a new course entitled “Pediatrics: Bench to Bedside” which is run out of the Honors College.

Study Sections

  • Reviewer, ad hoc, P30 grants, NIDDK, NIH
  • Reviewer, ad hoc, R03 grants, NIDDK, NIH
  • Reviewer, (Re)Building a Kidney, Partnership Program grants, NIDDK
  • Reviewer, Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) Pilot and Feasibility Program, NIDDK

Education & Training

  • PhD: Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Kidney microvasculature
  • Kidney cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney development