Joseph V. Bonventre, MD 1976, PhD
-Director, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
-Robert H. Ebert Professor of Health Sciences and Technology
-Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)
-Director, Renal Division, BWH
Dr. Bonventre's laboratory studies the mechanisms of cellular and tissue injury and repair, particularly as applied to ischemic and toxic injury to the kidney (acute renal failure, ARF). Studies are performed at the molecular, cellular and whole organ levels. Techniques employed are those of molecular biology, immunofluorescence, biochemistry, biophysics and whole organ physiology.
Dr. Bonventre received a BS in engineering physics from Cornell University in 1970, and MD from Harvard Medical School and HST in 1976, and a PhD in biophysics from Harvard University in 1979. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at MGH, followed by training in nephrology at at MGH. He has had continuous academic appointments at Harvard Medical School since his graduation, and clinical appointments at MGH until 2002 when he moved to his current positions at BWH.
Active in the National Kidney Foundation, Bonventre is a member of the scientific advisory board, has served as chair of the research committee, is past-president of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont affiliate, and has received that chapter's Outstanding Physician Award. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Biology Research Institute and the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the board of advisors of the Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Mt. Saint Mary's College and from the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology in Norway.
Dr. Bonventre has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including membership in the ASCI, AAP, and American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and most recently, was ranked as one of the three top mentors in the US by postdoctoral fellows in a Science magazine 2004 online survey.