Paola Romagnani, MD, PhD, graduated and obtained her doctorate in Endocrinology and her residency in Nephrology at the University of Florence, Italy.
She is Full Professor and Chair of Nephrology at the University of Florence and Head of the Nephrology and Dialysis Unit at the University Children’s Hospital Anna Meyer, Florence, Italy.Paola Romagnani has identified renal progenitors, the resident kidney stem cells, in adult kidney and demonstrated their capacity to generate novel podocytes as well as tubular cells, in mouse and human. She has characterized the renal progenitor response during glomerular disorders, after acute kidney injury and in renal cell carcinoma, unraveling the pathophysiology of several kidney diseases and identifying a novel promising therapeutic target. Paola Romagnani has published 190 papers with an H-index of 75. Her studies received over 19000 citations. She served in the Editorial Board of JASN and KI. She is funded by national and international agencies and coordinated a European cooperative project. In 1999 she was awarded the Hoechst Marion Roussel Young Investigator Award. In 2007, she won the ERC Starting Grant. In 2014, she won the ERC Consolidator Grant.
From 2014 to 2019 she was a member of the ERA-EDTA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).