Matt Sampson, MD, MSCE
Matt is a pediatric nephrologist and genetic epidemiologist in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and received his MS in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to taking a "kidneyomics" research approach to glomerular disease, he cares for many children with diverse kidney diseases.  He seeks to identify those children with a likely genetic basis of their disease for inclusion in research studies and disease-based registries.


Staff


Chris Gillies, PhD
Chris is a research computer scientist focusing on the large-scale analysis of genome-wide genomic and transcriptomic sequencing data from patients with nephrotic syndrome. He also has expertise in bioinformatic algorithm and web application development. He studied bioinformatics and data mining of microarray-derived gene expression data while obtaining his PhD in Computer Science from Oakland University.




Virginia Vega-Warner, PhD
Virginia is a lead research lab specialist with expertise in experimental human genetics and molecular biology.  Her   projects focus on performing both targeted and genome-wide genotyping studies of children and adults with nephrotic syndrome, other glomerular diseases, and congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract.  She also manages our "Gene Identification in Childhood Kidney Disease" study.  She received her PhD from Michigan State University.




Rose Putler, MS
Rose is a statistical geneticist focusing on expression quantitative trait loci studies for nephrotic syndrome using genome-wide genomic and transcriptomic datasets from affected patients. She also has expertise in population genetics and ancestry analyses. She obtained her Master's degree in Biostatistics as part of the Genome Science Training Program within the Center for Statistical Genetics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.




Kalyn Yasutake, MPH
Kalyn is a genetic epidemiologist who is currently focused on APOL1-associated disease and kidney outcomes. She is interested in better understanding the mechanisms of the APOL1 risk in nephrotic syndrome. She obtained her Master's degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and also obtained a certificate in Public Health Genetics. Go Badgers!




Damien Fermin, PhD
Damian is a bioinformaticist that has returned to the Midwest after a short stint in on the East coast. He has worked in multiple computational labs working on projects involving proteomics, microarray-based gene expression analysis, and immuno-informatics. He obtained his PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan and specializes in data analysis using R and developing tools to help bench scientist use and interpret the output from bioinformatics tools. 


Lab Alumni


Brendan 
Crawford, MD, MS
Brendan is a second year pediatric nephrology fellow sequencing population cohorts of nephrotic syndrome patients to determine the clinical impact of rare genetic variants in implicated monogenic nephrotic syndrome genes.  He obtained his MD and MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his residency training in Pediatrics.




Cassie Robertson, MS
Cassie is a statistical geneticist focusing on using integrative genomics approaches APOL1-associated glomerular disease. She studied the genetic to understand the clinical and molecular associations for patients with underpinnings of lipid metabolism using SNP-based association studies while obtaining her Master's degree in Biostatistics as part of the Genome Science Training Program within the Center for Statistical Genetics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is now pursuing her PhD in biomedical science at the University of Virginia.