Associate Professor of Medicine (Research)


Rujun Gong, MD, PhD, FASN is currently Professor of Medicine, Director of Kidney Research and Vice Chair for Research of Department of Medicine at University of Toledo College of Medicine (Medical College of Ohio) in Ohio. Before his joining Medical College of Ohio in 2018, Dr. Gong had been a faculty member of Brown nephrology division since 2004 and was the founding Director of Kidney Research at Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Gong earned his MD and PhD degrees from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. The Research Institute of Nephrology at Nanjing University is the largest and premier clinical and investigative nephrology program in China. There, he received systemic and intensive residency training in internal medicine and renal fellowship training in both clinical nephrology and molecular nephrology. After that, he completed his research fellowship training at Brown and was recruited to the Faculty of Medicine at Brown in 2004.

Dr. Gong's research interests center on pathogenesis and therapy of glomerulopathies, in particular podocytopathies and nephrotic syndrome; and pathogenic mechanisms of renal fibrogenesis and inflammation. His other research interests include epistasis in common kidney diseases; immunopathogenesis of lupus nephritis; and mechanisms of acute and chronic kidney injury, repair and regeneration. His research has been well funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and industry, and has been very active and productive with over 90 original scientific publications as well as book chapters and patents. Dr. Gong was awarded the Young Investigator Award in 2011 by the the Chinese American Socoety of Nephrology for his cutting edge research on the role of GSK3 and melanocortinergic pathways in the pathogenesis of kidney diseases. During his research career, he has mentored over 20 trainees, including college and medical students, medical reridents, clinical and research fellows, etc. Dr. Gong is the Editor-in-Chief of Nephrology Open Journal (Openventio Publishers). He has been an elected Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN)Treasurer of the Chinese American Socoety of Nephrology, member of the NIH study section and member of the Veterans Affairs Merit Award Review Committee.

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