Andrea Fekete

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Dr. Andrea Fekete is a consultant paediatrician specialized in nephrology. She graduated at the Semmelweis University where she defended her PhD thesis in 2004 about the gender differences in chronic kidney disease. In 2008 she joined to the research laboratory at the Semmelweis University and Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her research is concerned with the progression of chronic kidney disease; with a special emphasis on renal fibrosis. She spent two years in Freiburg, Germany where she studied the genetic background of various chronic renal diseases. She also worked in Gainesville, Florida at the Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics investigating the pathophysiology of nitric oxide deficiency. In 2011 she became a laureate of the Momentum Progam of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences that supports outstanding investigators in the early stages of their career. With this grant Dr Fekete established her own research group, where she studies the causes and possible novel treatments of diabetes, a severe public health-care issue of global scale. She is very productive, with more than 50 publications in the leading journals in the field of nephrology and renal physiology. She also won several national and international awards and grants to conduct basic and clinical studies investigating the microvascular complication in diabetic and renal transplanted patients. She is also an enthusiastic teacher; she gives seminars both for graduate and postgraduate students in English and German as well. Currently she is the leader of the Diabetes Research Group of the Semmelweis University and Hungarian Academy of Sciences and she also works as a clinician taking care of renal paediatric patients. As a mother of three children she hope that also her example can motivate women to take part in medical leadership and scientific career parallel to a happy family life.