Shreyak Sharma, MBBS

Dr. Sharma grew up in Punjab, India, and graduated from Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh in 2017.  He joined the Leaf Lab in 2018 as a postdoctoral research trainee. During his time in the Leaf Lab, Shreyak co-authored an original publication in the New England Journal of Medicine on suPAR as a novel marker and therapeutic target in human AKI. He also published a first-author manuscript in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on iron chelators as therapeutic agents for AKI prevention, and co-authored another manuscript in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated AKI. Shreyak is applying for residency in Internal Medicine in 2020.  Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, traveling, and watching documentaries.

Shruti Gupta, MD, MPH

Dr. Gupta earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University, her MD from the University of Virginia, and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She completed her Fellowship in Nephrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)/MGH combined training program, during which time she also earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gupta is a faculty member at BWH and Director of Onco-Nephrology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is interested in investigating the nephrotoxic effects of oncologic treatments. Dr. Gupta is co-mentored by Drs. Gary Curhan and David Leaf, and is currently supported by an NIH F32 award. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, and traveling.

Samah Abu Omar, MD

Dr. Abu Omar was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. She graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology School of Medicine. She joined the Leaf Lab as a postdoctoral research trainee in 2019 to expand her knowledge in nephrology research. She is currently pursuing an Internal Medicine Residency in the US. Outside of work she enjoys reading, dragon boat paddling, kayaking, and hiking.

Kapil Kumar Pokharel, MBBS

Dr. Pokharel grew up in Pokhara, Nepal and graduated from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in 2016. He joined the Leaf Lab as postdoctoral research trainee in 2019 and is currently pursuing an Internal Medicine Residency in the US. Outside of work he enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and cricket.

Tanveer Shaukat, MBBS

Dr. Shaukat graduated from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan in 2017. He joined the Leaf Lab as a postdoctoral research trainee in 2019 and he intends to do Internal Medicine Residency in the US. He is very interested in teaching medical students. Outside of work he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Winston Leaf, MD, PhD

Winston joined the Leaf Lab in the Summer of 2019 as a postdoctoral research trainee. He is passionate about murine models of AKI and taking long naps.

Frank Cortazar, MD

2015-2020

Dr. Cortazar completed his training in Nephrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program, and subsequently joined the faculty at MGH. During this time, he and Dr. Leaf worked together on two multicenter clinical studies examining the clinicopathologic features of immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated AKI. This work resulted in first-author publications in Kidney International (>180 citations) and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Drs. Cortazar and Leaf also worked together on a project examining a novel treatment strategy for membranous nephropathy, which resulted in a first-author publication in BMC Nephrology. Dr. Cortazar is a nationally recognized expert in glomerulonephritis, and serves as the Director of the New York Nephrology Vasculitis and Glomerular Center in Albany, NY.

Zoé Kibbelaar, BA

2018-2019

Zoé was born and raised on Curaçao, a small island in the Dutch Caribbean. She graduated from Harvard College and joined the BWH Renal Clinical Research Team in 2018, working under the supervision of Drs. Sushrut Waikar, Finnian McCausland, and David Leaf. Her work on immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated acute kidney injury resulted in a co-first author publication in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In her free time, Zoé enjoys catching up on podcasts, cooking, indoor cycling, and curling up with a good book.

Deekchha Uprety, MBBS

2018-2019

Dr. Uprety grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal, and graduated from Kathmandu Medical College in 2014.  She worked in the Leaf Lab from 2018 to 2019 as a postdoctoral research trainee, where she co-authored a manuscript in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated AKI. She is currently completing residency in Internal Medicine at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

Sandeep Bhattarai, MBBS

2017-2018

Dr. Bhattarai grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal, graduated from Kathmandu Medical College in 2015, and worked in the Leaf Lab as a postdoctoral research trainee.  He is currently completing his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pinnacle Hospital, in Harrisburg, PA.

Neeraja Krishnasamudram, MBBS

2016-2018

Dr. Krishnasamudram grew up in Tirupati, India, and graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College in 2007. She worked in the Leaf Lab from August 2016 to March 2018 as a postdoctoral research trainee and is currently completing residency in Internal Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital. She hopes to apply for Fellowship in Endocrinology.

Kirolos A. Jacob, MD, PhD

2015

During his final year of medical school, Dr. Jacob was awarded funding from the Department of Anesthesiology at Utrecht University Medical Center (The Netherlands) to spend three months in the Leaf Lab as a research trainee.  Under the dual supervision of Dr. Leaf and Dr. Sushrut Waikar, he analyzed data from a large, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of dexamethasone in cardiac surgery, resulting in a first-author publication in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Jacob is currently a resident in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Utrecht University Medical Center. Dr. Jacob and Dr. Leaf continue to work together on various collaborations.

Anas Raed, MD

2013-2014

Dr. Anas Raed earned his Medical Degree from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine (Syria), and worked as a postdoctoral research trainee in the Leaf Lab.  He assisted extensively with patient screening, enrollment, and sample processing for a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled controlled trial assessing the effects of activated vitamin D on immunomodulatory endpoints in critically ill patients with sepsis.  His work resulted in a second-author publication in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the #1 ranked journal in respiratory disorders and critical care medicine.  He is currently completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia, and plans to apply for Fellowship in Gastroenterology.