Kidney Research Center Cologne

University Hospital of Cologne, Kerpener Str. 62, 50937 Cologne, Germany

Prof. Dr. Thomas Benzing (Molecular Medicine)

Our nephrological research team focuses on the functional analysis of renal disease-relevant genes and their role in signal transduction in genetic and acquired kidney diseases. Much of our attention is on five main areas of research: 

  • cilia-derived signaling and the pathogenesis of cystic kidney diseases 
  • signal transduction at the slit diaphragm of podocytes, specialized arborized renal cells at the kidney filtration barrier
  • kinase signaling networks involved in kidney diseases the pathogenesis of renal cell carcinoma
  • age-related kidney diseases.

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