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Bertram Laboratory

Kidney Development, Programming
and Disease Research Group

Welcome to the Bertram Lab

Understanding the causes and consequences of low nephron and podocyte endowment is our major research focus, together with investigating the mechanisms that link these early life events with disease in later life. High resolution imaging of the kidney in vivo and ex vivo is a major tool in these studies, and we are at the forefront of developing new imaging advances.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Development & Stem Cells and
Cardiovascular Disease Programs, and the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

Professor John Bertram

My global research connections, partners and funding can be viewed on my Monash Research Profile.

Click the links below to connect with me on ORCID, Google Scholar and LinkedIn.

Our research

Our lab is headed by Professor John Bertram, and comprises a group of energetic scientists researching:

  • The effects of maternal diabetes on kidney development and offspring health.
  • The relationships between body size, nephron number and age with podocyte number in humans.
  • The roles of specific genes and the effects of feto-maternal environmental factors on urinary tract development and renal and cardiovascular health.
  • How risk factors for chronic kidney disease impact on kidney microanatomy, including glomerular number and size.

Lab members

We are committed to excellence in research.


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