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. 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.



Laboratory Environment

There is a lab meeting every week where trainees receive group input on data. Also, all fellows and students are expected to attend a weekly research seminar series within the Division of Nephrology which exposes them to broader aspects of the research program. Trainees are also encouraged to attend the formal Harvard-wide seminars in immunology and vascular biology each week and to participate in a Journal Club.


Awards and Grants

Dr. Briscoe also encourages trainees to submit abstracts to at least one National Meeting each year and encourages competition for research training awards and grants. Most trainees are successful in obtaining research awards and grants.


Mentored MD, PhD Thesis

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

Marlies Reinders, 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 (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.

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, who fund this program, also encourage 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.