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Dr. Laskin's research focuses on the conduct of clinical investigations and translational studies designed to target mechanisms to prevent, treat, or slow the progression of chronic kidney disease in immunosuppressed patients, including children receiving a bone marrow or kidney transplant.
Dr. Laskin is a pediatric nephrologist whose research focuses on how to prevent, treat, or slow the progression of kidney disease in children receiving a hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT).
He is the principal investigator on a career development award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases designed to test the association between markers of immune imbalance, infection, and chronic kidney disease in children receiving an allogeneic HCT. To achieve this, Dr. Laskin and his colleagues developed a prospective observational cohort of 200 children receiving an allogeneic HCT who were followed until 2 years after transplant.
In addition, Dr. Laskin has conducted several clinical research projects on disease in immunosuppressed children resulting in publications on the study of infections after kidney transplant and HCT and the study of thrombotic microangiopathy after HCT.
Expanding on his research interests, Dr. Laskin also serves as the medical director for quality improvement for the Transplant Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In that role, he oversees several quality improvement projects, including improving vaccination rates and screening efforts for Epstein-Barr virus infection in children who have received a solid organ transplant.
Among his notable career achievements is a flourishing program with research on:
- Hypertension, renal outcomes, and the role of complement in hematopoietic cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy
- More frequent dialysis and survival for children with end-stage kidney disease
- BK virus infections in children after hematopoietic cell transplantation
Education and Training
BS, Duke University (Economics), 2000
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2005
Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Pediatric Nephrology), 2011
MS, University of Cincinnati (Clinical and Translational Research), 2011
Titles and Academic Titles
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 2011
American Society of Nephrology, 2011
American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 2011
American Society of Transplantation, 2013
Fellowship Scholarly Research Award, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2011
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) New Investigator Award, 2013