About Astrid Weins, MD, PhD

Astrid Weins, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School with an active clinical practice in renal pathology through a joint appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). She has a deeply rooted, longstanding interest in the pathobiology of glomerular disease. Dr. Weins is uniquely positioned at the interface of nephrology, pathology of glomerular disease, and basic science. Her research approach is fueled by her insights as a renal pathologist, which translates diagnostic observations into clinically relevant scientific questions that can be validated in human glomerular disease. Apart from being an academic renal pathologist, Dr. Weins is also affiliated with the Center for Glomerular Disease Research and Novel Experimental Therapeutics (GlomNExT) located within the Renal Division at BWH, where she is embedded in a very active renal research community. Within GlomNExT, researchers strive to facilitate and accelerate podocyte research aimed at identifying novel therapeutics by means of a collaborative team approach that includes nephrologists, basic scientists, pathologists and industry representatives. Dr. Weins is a firm believer in interdisciplinary teamwork, communication, and resource sharing to strengthen the pathologist's ability to think critically and creatively about disease processes.

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Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-2967

Medical Education

  • MD, Ludwig Maximilians University
  • PhD, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency, Ludwig Maximilians University
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology

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Research

Dr. Weins' research focuses on the biology of the podocyte, specifically on its role in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy, focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), and Minimal Change Disease. She is a member of the Mundel laboratory, and the Center for Glomerular Kidney Disease and Novel Experimental Therapeutics at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Within GlomNExT, researchers strive to facilitate and accelerate podocyte research aimed at identifying novel therapeutics by means of a collaborative team approach that includes nephrologists, basic scientists, pathologists and industry representatives. Dr. Weins is a firm believer in interdisciplinary teamwork, communication, and resource sharing to strengthen the pathologists' ability to think critically and creatively about disease processes.

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