Dr. Lakhia grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and received her initial medical training here at UTSW. Following her residency, she returned to UTSW for a combined clinical and research nephrology fellowship where she served as chief fellow for 2 years. Dr. Lakhia brings to UTSW a strong clinical foundation in general nephrology with a special focus on polycystic kidney disease. Her research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of polycystic kidney disease and identifying potential treatments for this genetic disorder. Dr. Lakhia’s interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family and cooking.   


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2008)
Baylor College of Medicine (2011), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Metabolism
  • microRNAs
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

MicroRNA-21 Aggravates Cyst Growth in a Model of Polycystic Kidney Disease.
Lakhia R, Hajarnis S, Williams D, Aboudehen K, Yheskel M, Xing C, Hatley ME, Torres VE, Wallace DP, Patel V J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 2016 Aug 27 8 2319-30
Characteristics and Outcomes of Renal Transplant Recipients with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in the United States.
Tanriover B, Lakhia R, Shen YM, Sandikci B, Saxena R, MacConmara M, Soyombo AA, Rajora N, Hardy MA Transplant Direct 2015 Nov 1 10
Induction Therapies in Live Donor Kidney Transplantation on Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate With or Without Steroid Maintenance.
Tanriover B, Zhang S, MacConmara M, Gao A, Sandikci B, Ayvaci MU, Mete M, Tsapepas D, Rajora N, Mohan P, Lakhia R, Lu CY, Vazquez M Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2015 Jun 10 6 1041-9
Interactions between p-Akt and Smad3 in injured muscles initiate myogenesis or fibrogenesis.
Dong Y, Lakhia R, Thomas SS, Dong Y, Wang XH, Silva KA, Zhang L Am. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab. 2013 Aug 305 3 E367-75
The role of DNA mismatch repair in generating genetic diversity and drug resistance in malaria parasites.
Bethke L, Thomas S, Walker K, Lakhia R, Rangarajan R, Wirth D Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 2007 Sep 155 1 18-25


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Honors & Awards

  • 1st Place, Basic Science
    National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator Forum (2015)
  • 1st Place, Basic Science
    Southern Society of Clinical Investigation (2015)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology (2012)