The Administrative Core of the Washington University Kidney O’Brien Center for Chronic Kidney Disease Research provides the infrastructure of the overall Center. As Director, Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, is responsible for leadership of the Center, which consists of the Administrative Core, two Biomedical Resource Cores (the Variant Validation Core and the Metabolism Core), and a Resource Development Core (SCORE, the Single Cell Omics Research Evolution Core).

Monica Chang-Panesso, MD, as Associate Director, is responsible for co-leading the Administrative Core and directing the Summer Opportunities for Achievement in Research (SOAR) internship program.

Administrative Core Mission

  • Communicate with the National O’Brien Consortium to prioritize external requests and distribute resources efficiently.
  • Plan and execute the WashU SOAR (Summer Opportunities for Achievement in Research) program focused on medical students, facilitate outreach efforts locally and nationally, and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Support cost recovery efforts for the two Biomedical Resource Cores and lead efforts to attract early-stage investigators to kidney research.

The Administrative Core will work closely with an Internal Advisory Board, led by Victoria Fraser, M.D., the O’Brien Centers Steering Committee, and external Consortium Management Board to ensure that the activities of the Washington University Chronic Kidney Disease National Resource Center are aligned with the objectives of the national network of O’Brien National Resource Centers.

Administrative Core:

Director: Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD,
Joseph Friedman Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and Chief, Division of Nephrology

Associate Director: Monica Chang-Panesso, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology