Jenna Rose DiRito


I work in the field of renal transplantation, aiming to address the global organ shortage. I 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. The Cambridge lab where I carried out this work is currently starting a clinical trial based on my experimental work.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Yale working in the Department of Surgery and recently published a manuscript from my PhD in the American Journal of Transplantation. Here is an article from Yale summarizing manuscript, and the manuscript itself.

Other 2020 award winners

David Brossault

Eleanor Brown

Francisco Huhn

Nabila Idris

Lachlan Jardine

Iek Man Lei

Theodor Lundberg

Dhruv Panchal

Hugo Poplimont

Tianren Yang

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