Applications for the Nephrology Fellowship Program are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Nephrology
Department of Internal Medicine
MSC 04-2785
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-0407
Fax: (505) 272-0598


Nephrology Clinic
(505) 272-3100


Weekly conference

Fluorescent image depicting adult
kidney cells that express
CD133/1+ (green), a protein marker

Both clinical and basic science research is an important mission for the Division of Nephrology. We are proud to have outstanding faculties conducting multiple research projects, with a special emphasis on blood pressure management among dialysis population, polycystic kidney disease, and the unique challenges of chronic kidney disease care in the state of New Mexico.

Clinical Research:

  • Blood Pressure in Dialysis Patients (BID Study) (P. Zager)
  • ENaC as a Novel Mechanism for Hypertension and Volume Expansion in Type 2 Diabetes with Proteinuria (Unruh)
  • Blood Pressure in Dialysis Patients (BID Study) (P. Zager)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease in New Mexico (Unruh)
  • Shared Decision Making and Renal Supportive Care (Unruh/Cohen)
  • BID-SLEEP (Jhamb/Unruh)
  • (Developing, validating, and implementing a CKD predictive model (DELVECKD) (Abdel-Kader/Unruh)
  • Multispectral Photometric Arterial Monitoring (M Rohrscheib)Dermal Intersitital Fluid Microextraction and Assay (M Rohrscheib)

Basic/Translational Research

Using cellular, biochemical, molecular and fluorescence imaging techniques, the Ward laboratory aims to address questions related to the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Ward’s background in clinical laboratory science, renal development and pathology, and molecular and cellular biology poises the group to nucleate research across multiple disciplines and drive studies from basic science to clinical translational research. The Ward lab collaborates with research partners at Northwestern University, Stanford University, the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Kansas Medical Center, as well as in the Department of Pathology, and the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

The Ward Laboratory

Dr. Ward
3d segment of mouse kidney

3D Segmentation of a developing
mouse kidney. Purple indicates the
ureteric budnetwork, which will
form the collecting duct system.


Research Projects:

  • Targeting Fibrosis in Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Adult Renal Stem Cells and Tissue Regeneration
  • GTPase-regulated Ciliary Trafficking and Ciliopathies
  • Inversin and Cystic Kidney Disease