Maki Urushihara first became interested in the care of children during the fifth year of medical school at the University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan. Urushihara's interest in pediatric nephrology grew during residency at the Department of Pediatrics in Tokushima University Hospital and became focused on the investigation of pathogenesis and the development of effective therapy in kidney disease. Urushihara's long-term career goal is to become a leader in the field of pediatric nephrology focusing on the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in nephropathy patients in children. Urushihara works currently as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physiology, Tulane University. Urushihara's research interest focuses on the involvement of the RAS in the kidney disease. Recently, Urushihara and colleagues have developed direct quantitative method to measure urinary angiotensinogen (AGT) using human AGT enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). They can directly assess the activation of RAS using ELISA system. Their interest focuses on the intrarenal RAS activation in hypertension and nephropathy.
Biography Updated on 14 March 2011