Biography

Dr. Massimo Attanasio received his M.D. degree from the II University of Napoli, Italy cum laude in 1990, with a bioengineering thesis on mutated transcriptional terminators in E. coli. After completing a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Parma, in 1994 he served as an Attendant in Pediatrics and Neonatology in the Hospital S. Maria Nuova in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In 2002 he joined as a postdoctoral fellow the laboratory of Dr. Friedhelm Hildebrandt at University of Michigan, where he studied the genetics of inheritable kidney diseases. During this period he participated to the identification of a gene that when mutated cause congenital nephrotic syndrome and of several genes that cause nephronophthisis, a rare autosomal recessive disease that inexorably leads to renal insufficiency. In 2008 Dr. Attanasio joined the faculty of the University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology and Human Genetics at the McDermott Center for Growth and Development. In his laboratory, Dr. Attanasio uses mouse models to uncover the molecular mechanisms that lead to progressive kidney cystic disease and fibrosis and is pursuing the discovery of new genes that cause inheritable kidney diseases. In 2010 Dr. Attanasio received the Norman Siegel Research Scholar Award from the American Society of Nephrology.

Education

Medical School University of Naples (1990), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Cell signaling
  • Cystic kidney diseases and fibrosis
  • Genetics of inherited kidney diseases
  • Glomerulonephritis

Publications

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Honors & Awards

  • Satellite Healthcare Norman S. Coplon Extramural Research
    (2011-2013)
  • American Society of Nephrology Norman Siegel Research Scholar Award
    (2010-2012)