07/10/2013 Running Time: 53:40
Presenter: Waldemar Popik, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College

Dr. Waldemar Popik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical College. He received MS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Wroclaw, Poland. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, in the laboratory of Dr. Pitha-Rowe. Recently, his research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) and the role of autophagy and APOL1 protein in podocyte homeostasis. His current research project entitled “Role of autophagy in HIVAN pathogenesis” is funded by the Collaborative Research Program of MeTRC, the Meharry Translational Research Center (NIH/NIMHD). He is also the recipient of two NIH/NIDDK R21 grants on the subject of HIVAN. (RV)

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