Sparks Lab

Matthew A. Sparks, MD, Primary Investigator

Matthew A. Sparks, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Director of Medical Student Research, Dept. of Medicine
Division of Nephrology

Physical Address
MSRB2 room 1013

Mailing Address
DUMC 103015
Durham, NC 27710

Office Telephone
919-684-9737

Fax
919-684-3011

Education

MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Resident, Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Chief Resident, Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Fellow in Nephrology, Duke University School of Medicine

 

Current Studies

The Sparks Lab is interested in understanding how both the renin angiotensin and prostanoid systems regulate blood pressure and diabetic nephropathy pathogenesis by altering blood flow to the kidney. The lab utilizes a combination of physiologic and molecular techniques in genetically modified mice to probe questions about how changes in the micro circulation in the kidney alter sodium excretion. The overarching goal of this research is to identify novel mechanisms to target drug therapy for patients with hypertension. We also have project exploring the link between pulmonary hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

Papers from the Lab

Current Lab Members

Alison Hollis
Undergraduate Student- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Thien Hoang
Undergraduate Student- Duke University

Emre Dilmen
Undergraduate Student- Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Lab Graduates

Hooman Azad
Current Medical Student, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Aaron Kupin
Teaching High School Science, Boca Raton, FL

Ed Diaz
Current Medical Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC