Lucia Andrade

Role: Nephrologist and researcher

Research interest: Translational research aimed at understanding the molecular pathogenesis of acute kidney injury and the progression to chronic kidney disease

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

I am a nephrologist and researcher with many interests, including the roles that the environment and climate change play in the pathogenesis of kidney disease. I earned my degree in medicine from the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in 1988, after which I did a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of São Paulo Hospital das Clínicas. In 1998, I was awarded a doctorate from the University of São Paulo School of Medicine. My postdoctoral work was in molecular analysis of acute kidney injury, at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, Texas, and at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am currently an associate professor of nephrology at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine.
I appreciate having the opportunity to work as a physician, treating people on a one-to-one basis, and to work in a laboratory that allows me to study the deep mechanisms of kidney disease. Through my involvement with the PM-KIDNEY consortium, I hope to demonstrate why and how air pollution is a threat to the kidneys, as well as to raise awareness in the political and scientific community of this global problem, especially in terms of its consequences for the populations of low- and middle-income countries.