Leif Oxburgh, DVM, PhD


Professor of Medicine



DVM, Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences
PhD, Virology, Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Postdoctoral Training, Harvard University


Campus: MMCRI, Scarborough, ME
Laboratory: 10306

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-396-8115
Lab Phone: 207-396-8229
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

The kidney provides several physiological functions essential to the survival of mammals: in addition to its role as an excretory organ, it controls blood pressure and the production of red blood cells. Consequences of loss of function are therefore multifaceted and severe, frequently requiring replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and/or transplantation. Although the kidney is endowed with a tremendous surplus capacity, and the ability to regenerate following acute injury, kidney disease resulting in functional impairment is very common. Research in our laboratory focuses on understanding the complex series of control mechanisms governing embryonic development of this organ, and on the events underlying regeneration of the adult organ. Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling is central to both of these processes, and in ongoing studies using primary cell culture, genetic models, and disease models we are exploring how this signaling pathway acts in the kidney.

Lab Members

Lindsey Gower, Research Associate Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Michele Karolak, Senior Research Technician Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research