Lab Director

Neal Paragas, PhD

Faculty Positions

Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology 2014-Present.

Instructor of Medical Sciences, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology 2012-2014.

Post Doctorate

Columbia University, 2010-2012, studied host/pathogen interaction of the kidney under Drs. Barasch and Al-Awqati.

Graduate Education

Columbia University, PhD - 2005-2010 studied mechanisms of cell injury during renal ischemia and reperfusion under Dr. Jonathan Barasch.

Undergraduate Education

University of Washington, 1995-2000, BS, Botany

Former Lab Members

Toni Hsu, PhD

Dr. Hsu studied molecular and hormonal control of crustacean biological rhythms in the Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia Lab at the University of Washington. She continued her work in biological rhythms as a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Michael Rosbash’s lab at Brandeis University, where she developed a rapid MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry workflow looking at differential neuropeptidomics in Drosophila melanogaster.  Returning to Seattle, she joined Dr. Eric Turner’s lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (genetics, neuroanatomy, behavior and electrophysiology), she examined the functions of habenula and its role in depression and anxiety. As a research scientist in the Paragas Lab Toni manages the South Lake Union Small Animal Imaging Core and investigates the pathophysiology of kidney diseases. 

Tomoaki Miyazaki, MD PhD

Faculty Positions

Research Scholar, University of Washington Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology 2016-Present.

Graduate Education

Showa University, Japan, PhD - 2010-2016 studied clinical effect of tonsillectomy and steroid pulse therapy to IgA nephropathy under Drs. Ashio Yoshimura and Toshio Nakadate.

Postgraduate Training

Assistant Professor, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology, Japan 2012-2016.

Resident in Internal Medicine, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Japan 2010-2012.

Undergraduate Education

Showa University in Japan, MD - 2004-2010.

Stefan M Czerniecki, MS

Stefan is working on a collaborative project with the Dr. Benjamin Freedman group on high-throughput kidney injury screening. He completed his Masters degree in Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia.