Maurilo Leite Junior, MD

Graduated MD at Fluminense Federal University, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, in 1982. Became a nephrologist in 1986 at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), when he came to the Renal Section, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, where he concluded his Post Doctoral Fellowship in Nephrology in 1989. In 1990 he came back to Brazil to get the position of Assistant Professor at UFRJ, becoming Associate Professor in 1997 and in 2010 becoming the Chief of Nephrology at UFRJ. His research interests were initially related to the physiology of vasopressin, as studied from isolated microperfused tubules, and then to the effects of drugs, glycosaminoglycans, and the role of purinergic receptors on the progression of renal disease using the fibrogenic model of UUO and the model of streptozotocin-induced diabetes in rats and mice. In addition, he has been interested on the aspects of inflammation and oxidative stress in chronic renal patients.

In November of 2010 he joined Dr. Duffield’s Lab for a period of three months, working on IL-10 studies.