Jenna Rose DiRito


I am a PhD student working in the field of renal transplantation. I work to address the global organ shortage. I have recently discovered the mechanisms by which kidneys are damaged and become unviable during their cold storage period prior to transplantation. In addition, I develop drug delivery techniques to repair these kidneys in isolation ex vivo and make them suitable for transplantation once again. My efforts have made kidneys that were previously discarded, now available as a life-saving treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. Our lab is currently starting a clinical trial based on my experimental work.

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