Lab Members

Kamesh Surendran, PhD
Kamesh is an associate scientist in the Pediatric & Rare Diseases Group at Sanford Research, and assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota. He has been involved in studying the Wnt, TGF/BMP, and Notch signaling pathways, three evolutionarily conserved signaling pathways, in various aspects of kidney development and disease during his doctoral thesis and post-doctoral work at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. His current research interests are: (i) to understand the cellular and molecular abnormalities that result in childhood cystic kidney diseases and (ii) to determine the molecular regulators of cell fate patterning in the collecting ducts of the kidney.
Malini Mukherjee, Ph.D - Sanford Research

Malini Mukherjee, PhD
Malini obtained her PhD in molecular and cell biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. For her doctoral thesis she identified and functionally characterized novel isoforms of the pituitary specific transcription factor Pit-1 in chicken embryos. She is currently researching the cellular and molecular processes that regulate kidney proximal tubule morphogenesis using mouse and cell culture models. The goal of her research is to better understand aberrant regulation of cellular processes that result in cystic kidney diseases.


Jennifer DeRiso, M.Sc.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science from St. Cloud State University, MN, USA. She has worked several years in biotech companies with extensive experience in cell culture and antibody production.

She is currently a senior research associate in the Surendran lab working on various projects. Her primary focus is to improve our collective understanding of the molecular regulators of renal collecting duct differentiation. 


Eric Fogarty, BS
Eric G. Fogarty graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of South Dakota in the summer of 2016. He started the University of South Dakota’s basic biomedical science PhD program in the fall of 2016, and is currently investigating the molecular mechanisms regulating collecting development in Dr. Surendran’s lab.


Previous Lab Members
Justin Grassmeyer, BA
Justin is currently enrolled in MD/PhD program at the University of Nebraska. Justin was an RA in the lab for two years after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana University.
Sanford Research - Casey Hettinger

Casey Hettinger, BS 
Casey was an RA in Surendran Lab for a year, before joining the Doctor of Pharmacy program at South Dakota State University.


Undergraduate Students:
Shania Scheidt – Summer 2017
Lesly Ingram - Summer, 2016
Gabrielle Reinartz - Summer, 2016
Kalyn Brenner -Summer and fall semester, 2015
                        -Spring and fall semesters, 2016
David Adekanye -2014 Summer
Monica Bailey - Summer, 2013 & 2014
Henry Garcia -Summer 2013

Medical School Students:
Rebecca Jarratt-Summer 2015

High School Students:
Zarin Rahman- Summer, 2013