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Maria S. Sequeira-Lopez

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: Department of Pediatrics
Office location and address
409 Lane Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Dr. Maria Luisa S. Sequeira Lopez received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1990, followed by a Pediatric residency and a Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics, both completed at the Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan in Buenos Aires. Next, she joined the University of Virginia, School of Medicine where she received her postdoctoral research training and continued her academic career. In 2000 she obtained a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, followed by continuous funding from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Sequeira Lopez holds the Harrison Distinguished Professorship in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Sequeira Lopez research program focusses on cell lineage, fate and vascular development. Her research contributions include the identification the earliest renal vascular progenitors and the demonstration that formation of blood vessels occurs concomitantly with blood generation (hemo-vasculogenesis) throughout the embryo before and during organogenesis (including in the kidney). Dr. Sequeira-Lopez discovered that all renal vascular cells originate and assemble in situ from the embryonic kidney mesenchyme rather than from an extrarenal source, a fundamental finding with additional implications for our capability to perform tissue engineering of kidneys.

Renin cell identity and blood pressure homeostasis
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2024
Kidney development: Cell fate and precursors of disease in the young and adult YRS 6-10
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
September 15, 2017 – August 31, 2022
Fate of the kidney vasculature during partial neonatal ureteral obstruction
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
July 20, 2018 – May 31, 2022
MD-PEDT Kidney development Cell fate and precursors of disease in the young and adult
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
September 21, 2012 – August 31, 2017
Development of the Renal Arterioles
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
September 20, 2011 – May 31, 2017
Kidney development Cell fate and precursors of disease in the young and adult
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
September 21, 2012 – August 31, 2016
MD-PEDT Development of the Kidney Vasculature
Source: American Heart Association - Mid-Atlantic Affiliat
July 01, 2014 – June 30, 2016