Dr. Robert Zhong Chair in Translational Transplant Research
Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam is an Associate Professor and Clinician-Scientist at the University of Western Ontario in the Department of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology.
He earned his Honours Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Toronto, and graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Ottawa, and fellowships in Nephrology and Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He was later an associate physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston prior to being recruited to London. Dr. Gunaratnam’s clinical interest and expertise lies in acute kidney injury and renal transplantation. Dr. Gunaratnam’s research program focuses on the role ischemia reperfusion injury plays in regulating innate immunity and inflammation in renal transplantation. His CIHR-funded basic science research laboratory is actively studying how injured kidney epithelial cells regulate inflammation by expressing Kidney Injury Molecule-1. Dr. Gunaratnam is the recipient of a KRESCENT New Investigator Award and the Schulich Clinician-Scientist Award. Dr. Gunaratnam hopes to develop novel therapeutic strategies to ameliorate ischemic acute kidney injury and prolong the lifespan of transplanted organs.