Current Funding


NIH  1R01 AG046231-01A1    (Shankland)   07/01/2016-06/30/2021           

Reduced Glomerular Progenitors Impair Regeneration in Aged Kidney

The grant will define how the decline in podocyte number with advancing age cannot adequately be replaced by their neighboring parietal

epithelial cell progenitors, which leads to kidney scarring.


DOD PR151965   (Shankland and Pun)    06/15/2016-12/14/2018           

Development of cell therapies for FSGS

The major goal of this proposal is to develop urine-derived renal progenitor cells as a cell therapy for treatment of FSGS. To develop a

clinically plausible podocyte regeneration therapy using nanoparticle-enhanced autologous uRPCs (NP-uRPCs).


DOD  PR151175    (Shankland and Pun)   05/01/2016-04/30/2019        

New podocyte-targeted treatments for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)

We propose the development of two synergistic kidney-targeting technologies: (i) “passive” targeting, kidney-accumulating polymers and

(ii) “active” targeting podocyte-specific peptide


NIH/NIDDK   5 T32 DL07467-31 (Shankland)  7/1/2014-6/30/2019

 Training in Renal Disease

This is a training grant that supports research training for three M.D. post-graduate fellows who undergoperiods of both renal and basic

science research training.


NIH/NIDDK 1 R01 DK097598-01A1 (Shankland) PI     07/01/2014-06/30/2019                                                                            

Juxta-glamerular cells serve as glomerular epithelial cell progenitors in glomerular disease

The purpose of this proposal is to study the existing problem of age-related podocyte depletion in a completely new context. The goal is to

prove that with advancing age, kidney regeneration, and thus repair, is inadequate because progenitors are unable to replace and restore

glomerular podocytes. We anticipate that the results will provide compelling evidence for a new paradigm in aging kidneys in which

recently identified progenitors are unable to adequately regenerate to replace podocytes, which leads to glomerulosclerosis and reduced

kidney function.


NIH/NIDDK  1 UH2 DK107343-01 (Shankland and Zheng)   07/01/2015-06/30/2020  

Rebuilding the glomerular filtration barrier by regenerating adult podocytes  (Re)

Podocytes are cells in the kidney’s glomerular filtering units that limit the passage of proteins from the blood in to the urine. As adults, they

cannot proliferate to replace themselves, and therefore they are reliant on other stem cells for their regeneration. In this grant, we will study

such stem cells in podocyte repair to rebuild a kidney.