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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

Cell Fate Choices in Kidney Development

November 09, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: 152, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

How a small number of cells at the outset of kidney development gives rise to the vast repertoire of specialized cell types in the adult kidney is a central question in development and pediatrics. Current efforts to recreate kidney tissue through directed differentiation depend on understanding these mechanisms and, perhaps more importantly, which mechanisms cells use to maintain their differentiated state. This session reviews progress in understanding the mechanisms of fate determination during kidney development.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe differentiation mechanisms in pediatric kidney development
  • Discuss the functional consequences of dysregulated differentiation mechanisms

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Development and Pediatrics
  • Genetic Diseases of the Kidneys


  • Cristina Cebrian Ligero, PhD
  • Samir S. El-Dahr, MD


  • Control of Collecting Duct Morphogenesis
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Gal Finer, MD, PhD
  • Differentiation of Distinct Cell Types Within the Collecting Duct Epithelium
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Kameswaran Surendran, PhD
  • Epigenetic Control of the Nephron Differentiation Program
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Jordan A. Kreidberg, MD, PhD 
  • Metabolic Control of the Nephron Differentiation Program
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Zubaida R. Saifudeen, PhD