Yujiro Kida, MD, PhD

Yujiro Kida received his MD in 1996 and PhD in 2002 from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Tokyo, Japan. In his PhD course, he investigated roles and distribution of voltage gated chloride channels in mouse kidney. Then he dedicated his time to clinical treatment of patients with various kidney diseases at department of nephrology in some general hospitals in Tokyo. He managed outpatient as well as inpatient including patients who required continuous blood purification therapy in ICU. He also supervised resident physicians. He was interested in the pathology of chronic kidney diseases and tried to find therapeutic clues to suppress progression of the diseases. He returned to the laboratory and researched the mechanisms of the diseases using mice models and histological approach at Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan. After he has researched hepatic stellate cells, liver pericytes, at University of Southern California in Los Angeles for 3 years, he joined Dr. Duffield Lab in 2010 at Seattle.

His main research interests include the role of crosstalk between kidney pericytes and endothelial cells in diseased kidney, which would give us hints to develop new therapies for patients with chronic kidney diseases. He likes swimming since he has acquired swimming skill at university swimming team. In addition, he knows much about crayfish. Since he was a little boy, he has been continuously enthusiastic about fishing and taking care of crayfish.