Kelly Hyndman

Kelly Hyndman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham


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Hyndman received her PhD in 2008 in zoology from the University of Florida under the mentorship of David Evans, PhD. Her doctoral work focused on elucidating the evolution and physiology of the endothelin system in fishes. She completed postdoctoral research at the Medical College of Georgia under the mentorship of Jennifer Pollock, PhD. There, she tested the hypothesis that endothelin and nitric oxide work in the kidney to promote salt excretion. Now, as a principle investigator, she has two focused areas of research: Determining the physiological significance of the post-translational modification called lysine acetylation in the kidney; and determining if histone deacetylase enzymes are dysfunction in acute kidney injury leading to chronic kidney disease. Episodes of acute loss of kidney function are associated with increased risk of long-term decline in kidney function. Hyndman’s physiological studies are funded by a K01 and R03, while her acute kidney injury/chronic kidney disease studies are funded by the UAB-UCSD O’Brien Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant Award and thePriya Nagar Pilot Award for Kidney Research. She has published over 40 manuscripts, and serves on a number of national societies including the Media and Communications Committee of the American Society of Nephrology and the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee. She currently serves on the VA Merit Nephrology Study Section and was recently appointed to the editorial board for the prestigious journal, Hypertension.