The Briscoe Laboratory


Dr. Briscoe actively engages in one-on-one teaching of trainees in the laboratory. Also, research fellows interact with one another extensively and support each other to ensure techniques are shared and projects are successful. We have found that our “team approach” to training enables all fellows to develop a broad expertise in vascular immunobiology and transplantation immunology and helps to ensure high quality research. We believe that interactions among research fellows from different backgrounds (undergraduate, graduate MD and/or PhD trainees) helps to ensure the high quality of research.


Awards and Grants

Dr. Briscoe encourages trainees to compete for research training awards and grants, as an integral component of training and career development.


Mentored MD, PhD Thesis

Trainees have been successful in defending PhD theses as a result of their studies in the laboratory:

Marlies Reinders, MD, PhD (2000-2002)
Thesis: Mechanistic And Functional Interrelationships Between VEGF-Induced Angiogenesis, Cell-Mediated Immunity And Allograft Rejection
Defended November 2004, University of Leiden, Holland. Received "Best Thesis Award" in 2004, Dutch Nephrology Congress.

Maria Stack, MD, PhD (2008-2010)
Thesis: Non-Classical roles of VEGF and other Angiogenic factors in the development of Chronic Allograft Rejection
Defended December 2015, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Leo Boneschansker, MD, PhD (2010-2017)
Thesis: Microfluidics To Define Leukocyte Migration Patterns
Defended June 2017, University of Groningen, Holland.

Mentored Masters Thesis

Katiana Calzadilla, MS (2010-2011)
Thesis: Effect of VEGF on the Phenotype of CD4+ T cells
Defended May 2011, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


T32 Program for Research Training in Pediatric Nephrology.


Dr. Briscoe is the Principal Investigator of the institutional T32 that supports research training in Pediatric Nephrology. The program includes faculty mentors from broad areas of renal research located in several of the Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospitals. This program is exclusively for the training of permanent residents and citizens of the US. Preference is given to MD and MD/PhD applicants. The NIDDK, which funds this program, also encourages undergraduate medical students to apply for a one year period of protected research training under the umbrella of the program. If you are interested in applying to the T32 program, please contact Dr. Briscoe directly.