S Ananth Karumanchi

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to compare longitudinally sampled maternal angiogenic proteins between singleton and twin pregnancies. Placental growth factor (PlGF), soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), and soluble endoglin (sEng) from healthy pregnant women were quantified at 10, 18, 26 and 35 weeks' gestation (n=91), and during the third trimester (31-39 weeks) and at delivery (33-41 weeks; n=41). Geometric means and 95% confidence intervals were calculated for gestational age adjusted angiogenic protein concentrations and compared between matched twin and singleton pregnancies. Maternal sFlt-1 concentrations and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio were higher in twins than singletons across pregnancy and at delivery, with the greatest differences at week 35 [sFlt-1: 36916 vs. 10151 pg/mL; p<0.0001; sFlt-1/PlGF: 168.4 vs. 29.0; p<0.0001]. Maternal concentrations of s-endoglin also were higher in the third trimester and delivery. Maternal PlGF concentrations were lower in twin than singleton pregnancies at week 35 only [219.2 vs. 350.2 pg/mL; p<0.0001]. Placental weight appeared to be inversely correlated with maternal sFlt-1/PlGF ratio at the end of the pregnancy in both twins and singletons. Higher maternal anti-angiogenic proteins in twin than singleton pregnancies does not appear to be due to greater placental mass in the former, and may be one explanation for the increased risk of preeclampsia in women carrying multiple gestations. Determining whether women with a history of multiple gestations have an altered cardiovascular disease and breast cancer risk, like those with a history of preeclampsia, is warranted. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 11/2014; · 3.97 Impact Factor
  • Sahir Kalim, S. Ananth Karumanchi, Ravi I. Thadhani, Anders H. Berg
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    ABSTRACT: Carbamylation describes a nonenzymatic posttranslational protein modification mediated by cyanate, a dissociation product of urea. When kidney function declines and urea accumulates, the burden of carbamylation naturally increases. Free amino acids may protect proteins from carbamylation, and protein carbamylation has been shown to increase in uremic patients with amino acid deficiencies. Carbamylation reactions are capable of altering the structure and functional properties of certain proteins and have been implicated directly in the underlying mechanisms of various disease conditions. A broad range of studies has demonstrated how the irreversible binding of urea-derived cyanate to proteins in the human body causes inappropriate cellular responses leading to adverse outcomes such as accelerated atherosclerosis and inflammation. Given carbamylation’s relationship to urea and the evidence that it contributes to disease pathogenesis, measurements of carbamylated proteins may serve as useful quantitative biomarkers of time-averaged urea concentrations while also offering risk assessment in patients with kidney disease. Moreover, the link between carbamylated proteins and disease pathophysiology creates an enticing therapeutic target for reducing the rate of carbamylation. This article reviews the biochemistry of the carbamylation reaction, its role in specific diseases, and the potential diagnostic and therapeutic implications of these findings based on recent advances.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 11/2014; · 5.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Preeclampsia (PE) remains a leading cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Smoking cigarettes is associated with a decreased incidence of PE. Based on this observation and previous work, we hypothesize that women who smoke have a lower risk of developing PE because of elevated levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in their blood. The objective of this study was to determine if low-dose CO in ambient air could attenuate the late pregnancy hypertension (HTN) and proteinuria in the Adenovirus (Ad) sFlt-1 PE-like mouse model. Continuous low-dose CO treatment (250 ppm) was started on E10.5 and maintained until E17.5. Compared to control and Ad empty vector, AdsFlt-1 mice displayed late- gestation HTN (E14.5-17.5) (P<0.05), proteinuria (P<0.05) and reduced Bowman's space which were all prevented with CO treatment. Use of the Ad (with/without sFlt-1) or CO had no effect (p>0.05) on litter size, fetal resorption numbers and fetal or placental weights. This study shows that treatment with CO can prevent HTN and proteinuria in a mouse model of PE. It provides a possible mechanism for the reduced incidence of PE in smoking women, and supports the possibility of using CO as a future treatment for PE.
    PLoS ONE 09/2014; 9(9):e106502. · 3.53 Impact Factor
  • American Journal of Epidemiology 08/2014; · 4.98 Impact Factor
  • Sarosh Rana, S. Ananth Karumanchi
    Hypertension in Pregnancy 07/2014; · 1.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate if placental histopathological changes of vascular insufficiency correlate with circulating angiogenic factors in patients with preeclampsia. Materials and methods: Subjects were selected from a previous prospective cohort study of preeclampsia based on the availability of plasma anti-angiogenic factor (sFlt1) and pro-angiogenic factor (PlGF) measurements and placental histology specimens. Preeclamptic patients were divided into two groups based on plasma levels of these factors described as a ratio: anti-angiogenic preeclampsia with sFlt1/PlGF ratio ≥85 and normal angiogenic preeclampsia with sFlt1/PlGF < 85. The placental lesions of vascular insufficiency that were studied specifically included atherosis, infarcts, syncytial knots, acute and chronic abruption, hematoma, and fetal thrombosis. The data are shown as median (quartile 1 and quartile 3) or n (%) when appropriate. Results: The anti-angiogenic preeclampsia group (N = 48) presented at an earlier gestational age (weeks) than the normal angiogenic group (N = 28); {32 (28, 34) versus 35 (32, 36), p = 0.002}, had higher systolic blood pressure (mmHg) {154 (147, 168) versus 147 (132, 158), p = 0.02}, delivered early (weeks) {(32 (29, 34) versus 36 (34, 37), p < 0.001} and had lower birth weight (grams) {(1550 (1055, 2060) versus 2655 (2285, 3343), p < 0.001}. Several pathologic lesions were found significantly more often in the anti-angiogenic preeclampsia group; atherosis {27.7% versus 3.6%, p < 0.05}, infarcts {58.3% versus 3.6%, p = 0.002}, and syncytial knots {81.3% versus 39.3%, p < 0.001}. Conclusion: Preeclamptic patients with imbalance in circulating angiogenic factors have disproportionally higher rates of placental vascular lesions historically associated with severe disease.
    Hypertension in Pregnancy. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Up-regulation of placental soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) contributes to the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. To evaluate novel upstream pathways that regulate placental sFlt1 production, we screened a library of natural compounds (n=502) in human placental cell lines. Here, we report 3 compounds in the cardiac glycoside family, ouabain, gitoxigenin, and digitoxin, that inhibit placental sFlt1 production at nanomolar concentrations in vitro. We further characterized ouabain and demonstrated that it inhibits sFlt1 mRNA and protein expression in human placental cytotrophoblasts and explant cultures in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Ouabain down-regulated sFlt1 production by inhibiting hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1α) protein expression in the placenta. Furthermore, we found that phosphorylation of heat-shock protein 27 (HSP27) was necessary for ouabain to inhibit HIF-1α translation. In a rat model of pregnancy-induced hypertension, ouabain reduced mean arterial pressure and enhanced placental HSP27 phosphorylation without any adverse effects on pups. Further studies are needed to explore the usefulness of targeting HIF-1α/HSP27 pathway in preeclampsia.-Rana, S., Rajakumar, A., Geahchan, C., Salahuddin, S., Cerdeira, A. S., Burke, S. D., George, E. M., Granger, J. P., Karumanchi, S. A. Ouabain inhibits placental sFlt1 production by repressing HSP27-dependent HIF-1α pathway.
    The FASEB Journal 06/2014; · 5.48 Impact Factor
  • American journal of epidemiology 04/2014; · 4.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A growing body of evidence supports an association between vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are unknown. From 2000 to 2002, we identified 946 participants with stable cardiovascular disease in San Francisco, California, and followed them prospectively for cardiovascular events (heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death). We then examined the extent to which the association was attenuated by adjustment for poor health behaviors, comorbid health conditions, and potential biological mediators. During a median follow-up period of 8.0 years (through August 24, 2012), 323 subjects (34.1%) experienced a cardiovascular event. Following adjustment for sociodemographic factors, season of blood measurement, health behaviors, and comorbid conditions, 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels under 20 ng/mL remained independently associated with cardiovascular events (hazard ratio = 1.30, 95% confidence interval: 1.01, 1.67). However, after further adjustment for potential biological mediators, the independent association was no longer present (hazard ratio = 1.11, 95% confidence interval: 0.85, 1.44). Parathyroid hormone, a potentially modifiable biological factor downstream from 25-hydroxyvitamin D, was responsible for the majority of this attenuation. These findings highlight the need for randomized controlled trials to determine whether vitamin D supplementation in persons with deficiency could be beneficial for the primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular events.
    American journal of epidemiology 04/2014; · 4.98 Impact Factor
  • S. Ananth Karumanchi
    Journal of Reproductive Immunology 03/2014; s 101–102:9–10. · 2.37 Impact Factor
  • Camille E Powe, S Ananth Karumanchi, Ravi Thadhani
    New England Journal of Medicine 02/2014; 370(9):880-1. · 54.42 Impact Factor
  • Christina W Chen, Iris Z Jaffe, S Ananth Karumanchi
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    ABSTRACT: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in all countries. A history of pre-eclampsia, one of the most deadly hypertensive complications of pregnancy, increases cardiovascular risk by two to four times, which is comparable with the risk induced by smoking. Substantial epidemiological data reveal that pregnancy-related hypertensive complications are associated with a predisposition to chronic hypertension, premature heart attacks, strokes, and renal complications. In this review, we summarize clinical studies that demonstrate this relationship and also discuss the pathogenesis of these long-term complications of pre-eclampsia. Future studies should focus on strategies to prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease in women exposed to pre-eclampsia, thereby improving long-term cardiovascular health in women.
    Cardiovascular Research 02/2014; · 5.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Preeclampsia is a devastating medical complication of pregnancy which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. While the etiology of preeclampsia is unclear, human and animal studies suggest that excessive circulating levels of soluble fms-like tyrosine-kinase-1 (sFlt-1), an alternatively spliced variant of VEGF-receptor1, contribute to the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. Since sFlt-1 binds to heparin and heparan sulfate proteoglycans, we hypothesized that the anticoagulant heparin, which is often used in pregnancy, may interfere with the levels, distribution and elimination of sFlt-1 in vivo. We systematically determined serum and urine levels of angiogenic factors in preeclamptic women before and after administration of low molecular weight heparin and further characterized the interaction with heparin in biochemical studies. Serum and urine samples were used to measure sFlt-1 levels before and after heparin administration. Serum levels of sFlt-1 increased by 25% after heparin administration in pregnant women. The magnitude of the increase in circulating sFlt-1 correlated with initial sFlt-1 serum levels. Urinary sFlt-1 levels were also elevated following heparin administration and levels of elimination were dependent on the underlying integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier. Biochemical binding studies employing cation exchange chromatography revealed that heparin bound sFlt-1 had decreased affinity to negatively charged surfaces when compared to sFlt-1 alone. Low molecular weight heparin administration increased circulating sFlt1 levels and enhanced renal elimination. We provide evidence that both effects may be due to heparin binding to sFlt1 and masking the positive charges on sFlt1 protein.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(1):e85258. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To assess whether glycemic control, soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) were associated with the development of preeclampsia (PE) or gestational hypertension (GHTN) in women with preexisting diabetes. Methods: Maternal circulating angiogenic factors (sFlt1 and PlGF) measured on automated platform were studied at four time points during pregnancy in women with diabetes (N = 159) and reported as multiples of the median (MOM) of sFlt1/PlGF ratio (median, 25th-75th percentile) noted in non-diabetic non-hypertensive control pregnant population (N = 139). Diagnosis of PE or GHTN was determined by review of de-identified clinical data. Results: PE developed in 12% (N = 19) and GHTN developed in 23% (N = 37) of the women with diabetes. Among diabetic women without PE or GHTN, median sFlt1/PlGF levels at 35-40 weeks was threefold higher than in non-diabetic controls [MOM 3.21(1.19-7.24), p = 0.0001]. Diabetic women who subsequently developed PE had even greater alterations in sFlt1/PlGF ratio during the third trimester [MOM for PE at 27-34 weeks 15.18 (2.37-26.86), at 35-40 weeks 8.61(1.20-18.27), p ≤ 0.01 for both windows compared to non-diabetic controls]. Women with diabetes who subsequently developed GHTN also had significant alterations in angiogenic factors during third trimester; however, these findings were less striking. Among women with diabetes, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) during the first trimester was higher in subjects who subsequently developed PE (7.7 vs 6.7%, p = 0.0001 for diabetic PE vs diabetic non-PE). Conclusions: Women with diabetes had a markedly altered anti-angiogenic state late in pregnancy that was further exacerbated in subjects who developed PE. Altered angiogenic factors may be one mechanism for the increased risk of PE in this population. Increased HbA1c in the first trimester of pregnancies in women with diabetes was strongly associated with subsequent PE.
    Hypertension in Pregnancy 12/2013; · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1), a circulating antiangiogenic protein, is elevated in kidney diseases and contributes to the development of preeclampsia. Hydrogen sulfide is a vasorelaxant and proangiogenic gas with therapeutic potential in several diseases. Therefore, we evaluated the potential therapeutic effect and mechanisms of action of hydrogen sulfide in an animal model of sFlt1-induced hypertension, proteinuria, and glomerular endotheliosis created by adenovirus-mediated overexpression of sFlt1 in Sprague-Dawley rats. We injected sFlt1-overexpressing animals intraperitoneally with the hydrogen sulfide-donor sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) (50 µmol/kg, twice daily) or vehicle (n=7 per group). Treatment with NaHS for 8 days significantly reduced sFlt1-induced hypertension, proteinuria, and glomerular endotheliosis. Measurement of plasma protein concentrations with ELISA revealed a reduction of free plasma sFlt1 and an increase of free plasma vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) after treatment with NaHS. Renal VEGF-A mRNA expression increased significantly with NaHS treatment. In vitro, NaHS was proangiogenic in an endothelial tube assay and attenuated the antiangiogenic effects of sFlt1. Stimulation of podocytes with NaHS resulted in both short-term VEGF release (120 minutes) and upregulation of VEGF-A mRNA levels (24 hours). Furthermore, pretreatment of mesenteric vessels with a VEGF receptor 2-neutralizing antibody significantly attenuated NaHS-induced vasodilation. These results suggest that hydrogen sulfide ameliorates sFlt1-induced hypertension, proteinuria, and glomerular endotheliosis in rats by increasing VEGF expression. Further studies are warranted to evaluate the role of hydrogen sulfide as a novel therapeutic agent for vascular disorders such as preeclampsia.
    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 12/2013; · 9.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular remodeling occurs after endothelial injury, resulting in smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation and vascular fibrosis. We previously demonstrated that the blood pressure-regulating hormone aldosterone enhances vascular remodeling in mice at sites of endothelial injury in a placental growth factor-dependent manner. We now test the hypothesis that SMC mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) directly mediate the remodeling effects of aldosterone and further explore the mechanism. A wire-induced carotid injury model was performed in wild-type mice and mice with inducible SMC-specific deletion of MR knockout mouse. Aldosterone did not affect re-endothelialization after injury in wild-type mice. Deletion of SMC-MR prevented the 79% increase in SMC proliferation induced by aldosterone after injury in MR-Intact littermates. Moreover, both injury-induced and aldosterone-enhanced vascular fibrosis were attenuated in SMC-specific MR knockout mice. Further exploration of the mechanism revealed that aldosterone-induced vascular remodeling is prevented by blockade of the placental growth factor-specific receptor, type 1 vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR1), in vivo. Immunohistochemistry of carotid vessels shows that the induction of VEGFR1 expression in SMC after vascular injury is attenuated by 72% in SMC-specific MR knockout mice. Moreover, aldosterone induction of vascular placental growth factor mRNA expression and protein release are also prevented in vessels lacking SMC-MR. These studies reveal that SMC-MR is necessary for aldosterone-induced vascular remodeling independent of renal effects on blood pressure. SMC-MR contributes to induction of SMC VEGFR1 in the area of vascular injury and to aldosterone-enhanced vascular placental growth factor expression and hence the detrimental effects of aldosterone are prevented by VEGFR1 blockade. This study supports exploring MR antagonists and VEGFR1 blockade to prevent pathological vascular remodeling induced by aldosterone.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 12/2013; · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To test the hypothesis that the risk of preeclampsia in nulliparous women may be due to an anti-angiogenic state. Methods: Maternal serum samples obtained in the third trimester from nulliparous (n = 86) and multiparous (n = 165) singleton uncomplicated pregnancies were analyzed for levels of angiogenic factors - soluble fms like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results: For nulliparous and multiparous pregnancies, serum sFlt1 levels were 12 732 ± 832 and 10 162 ± 666 (p = 0.020), serum PlGF levels were 215 ± 15 and 249 ± 14 (p = 0.093) (all reported as mean SD in pg/ml) and mean ratios of sFlt1/PlGF were 93 ± 12 and 62 ± 5 (p = 0.023), respectively. Adjustment for maternal age and fetal birth weight did not alter the results. Conclusions: Nulliparous pregnancies had higher circulating sFlt1 levels and sFlt1/PlGF ratios than multiparous pregnancies, suggesting an association with an angiogenic imbalance. Taken together with the pathogenic role of anti-angiogenic factors in preeclampsia, our data may be one explanation for the epidemiological observation that nulliparity is a risk factor for the development of preeclampsia.
    Hypertension in Pregnancy 12/2013; · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Low levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D are common among black Americans. Vitamin D-binding protein has not been considered in the assessment of vitamin D deficiency. Methods In the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span cohort of blacks and whites (2085 participants), we measured levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D, vitamin D-binding protein, and parathyroid hormone as well as bone mineral density (BMD). We genotyped study participants for two common polymorphisms in the vitamin D-binding protein gene (rs7041 and rs4588). We estimated levels of bioavailable 25-hydroxyvitamin D in homozygous participants. Results Mean (±SE) levels of both total 25-hydroxyvitamin D and vitamin D-binding protein were lower in blacks than in whites (total 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 15.6±0.2 ng per milliliter vs. 25.8±0.4 ng per milliliter, P<0.001; vitamin D-binding protein, 168±3 μg per milliliter vs. 337±5 μg per milliliter, P<0.001). Genetic polymorphisms independently appeared to explain 79.4% and 9.9% of the variation in levels of vitamin D-binding protein and total 25-hydroxyvitamin D, respectively. BMD was higher in blacks than in whites (1.05±0.01 g per square centimeter vs. 0.94±0.01 g per square centimeter, P<0.001). Levels of parathyroid hormone increased with decreasing levels of total or bioavailable 25-hydroxyvitamin D (P<0.001 for both relationships), yet within each quintile of parathyroid hormone concentration, blacks had significantly lower levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D than whites. Among homozygous participants, blacks and whites had similar levels of bioavailable 25-hydroxyvitamin D overall (2.9±0.1 ng per milliliter and 3.1±0.1 ng per milliliter, respectively; P=0.71) and within quintiles of parathyroid hormone concentration. Conclusions Community-dwelling black Americans, as compared with whites, had low levels of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D and vitamin D-binding protein, resulting in similar concentrations of estimated bioavailable 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Racial differences in the prevalence of common genetic polymorphisms provide a likely explanation for this observation. (Funded by the National Institute on Aging and others.).
    New England Journal of Medicine 11/2013; 369(21):1991-2000. · 54.42 Impact Factor
  • S Ananth Karumanchi, Samir M Parikh
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 11/2013; 188(10):1264-5. · 11.04 Impact Factor
  • Hypertension 11/2013; 62(5):e40. · 7.63 Impact Factor

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  • 2001–2014
    • Harvard Medical School
      • Department of Medicine
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
      • • Division of Nephrology
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Division of Molecular and Vascular Medicine
      • • Division of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Biotechnology
      • • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2013
    • Chonbuk National University
      • Department of Polymer Nano Science & Technology
      Tsiuentcheou, North Jeolla, South Korea
  • 2008–2013
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      Ashburn, Virginia, United States
    • Wayne State University
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Detroit, MI, United States
    • Harvard University
      • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
      Cambridge, MA, United States
  • 2012
    • University of Groningen
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
      Groningen, Province of Groningen, Netherlands
    • Boston Medical Center
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2011–2012
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      • Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
      Maryland, United States
    • Boston University
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Boston, MA, United States
  • 2008–2011
    • University of Washington Seattle
      • Department of Medicine
      Seattle, WA, United States
  • 2005–2011
    • Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
      • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Scottsdale, AZ, United States
    • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      Maryland, United States
    • University of Massachusetts Medical School
      • Department of Medicine
      Worcester, MA, United States
  • 2004–2011
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
      • Department of Medicine
      Boston, MA, United States
    • Baylor College of Medicine
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Houston, TX, United States
    • Beth Israel Medical Center
      New York City, New York, United States
    • Ewha Womans University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2010
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      Maryland, United States
    • Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern
      • Department of Nephrology, Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology
      Bern, BE, Switzerland
  • 2009
    • Boston Children's Hospital
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 2008–2009
    • University of Chicago
      • Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
      Chicago, IL, United States
  • 2004–2009
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research (DESPR)
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 2007
    • Brown University
      • Division of General Internal Medicine
      Providence, RI, United States
  • 2006
    • Mayo Clinic - Rochester
      • Department of Oncology
      Rochester, MN, United States