Dr. Andrea Fava, instructor in the Division of Rheumatology, was recently awarded the Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award from the Lupus Foundation of America. This two-year grant focuses on critical lupus research while supporting early career scientists at the beginning of their careers, helping to ensure continued growth in the lupus research field. Dr. Fava is one of just four to be selected.
Dr. Fava will study the links between IL-16, a chemokine induced by the body during an immune response, and lupus nephritis. He will study this relationship through the use of kidney biopsies and groundbreaking technology known as spatial transcriptomics, which measures and maps gene activity within a tissue sample. His work hopes to create a greater understanding of lupus nephritis and treatment strategies to prevent further kidney inflammation and scarring.
Learn about the other winners and their research here.