Principle Investigator

Manjula Kurella Tamura, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
& Director, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto GRECC.  
Dr. Kurella Tamura is a practicing nephrologist and clinical investigator whose research is broadly interested in evaluating the safety, effectiveness, and quality of kidney disease treatments in real-world populations.  Her research program has been supported by multiple NIH and VA awards, including a K24 Mid-Career Mentoring award from the National Institute on Aging.  Much of her work for the past decade has critically examined health system practices, models of care, and health policies for advanced chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.  Between 2014 to 2019, she served as co-PI of the United States Renal Data System Special Study on Palliative and End of Life Care, a national resource for understanding the use of, and disparities in access to palliative care in end-stage kidney disease. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor at CJASN.   


Maria E. Montez Rath, PhD

Director of Biostatistics Core and Sr. Research Engineer, Division of Nephrology

Michelle Odden, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health

Vivek Charu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pathology and Medicine (QSU)

Laura Holdsworth, PhD

Primary Care & Population Health

Carolyn Seib, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor, General Surgery

Christine K. Liu, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Primary Care & Population Health

Lab Members

I-chun Thomas, MPH

Data manager

Mengjiao Huang, PhD

Post-doctoral researcher & Analyst

Chandana Gowdara, MAS

Research Coordinator

June Li, BS

Graduate Student, Epidemiology

Joshua Martinez, MD

Post-doctoral fellow, Nephrology

Lab Alumni