I am a physician- scientist who trained in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa before moving to Boston to complete a nephrology fellowship and PhD in molecular medicine. Since 2003 I have focused my clinical activities on the diagnosis and management of patients with lupus-nephritis and immune complex glomerulonephritis and in 2011 joined with Dr. Robert Lafyatis (rheumatology), Dr. Michael York (rheumatology), Dr Hanni Menn-Josephy (nephrology), Dr. Ian Rifkin (nephrology), and Dr. Christina Lam (dermatology) to establish the Boston Medical Center Lupus Program which I currently co-direct. Since establishing the Lupus Program, our center has participated in four clinical trials involving lupus patients which has allowed us to develop the infrastructure required for the acquisition of patient informed consents, sample collection and storage, and for the management of the information systems required to maintain a database of relevant clinical characteristics that are linked to each sample.
I have a longstanding interest in autoimmune disease in general and in lupus nephritis in particular and run a basic science laboratory of my own that is funded to investigate the pathobiology of immune-complex glomerulonephritis. We use cell culture systems and mouse models of autoimmunity to define pathways that are required for the development or progression of autoimmunity and use this understanding develop new therapeutics.
My basic science work has given me a unique perspective of the requirements that basic scientists and clinicians have to translate basic science breakthroughs to the clinical arena. In the last two years I have worked with our trial manager Dr Britte Zlatanova to established an autoimmune patient registry at Boston Medical Center that now includes over 100 lupus patients and appropriate control samples. I work in collaboration with several pharmaceutical companies and investigators from Boston University Medical Center, the University of Massachusetts, Pittsburg University, and University of Pennsylvania to share this valuable clinical material in order to develop the understanding the biology of autoimmunity and inflammation in anticipation that this will lead to new therapies that are more effective and less toxic..
Expertise includes: Lupus nephritis, Autoimmune kidney disease, Glomerulonephritis, Toxicity of immunosuppression, Genetics of immune-mediated kidney disease
- Active Staff Hospital Privileges, Medicine, Boston Medical Center
- University of the Witwatersrand, MD
- University of the Witwatersrand, BSc
- Published on 9/12/2017
Wang Z, Gall JM, Bonegio R, Havasi A, Illanes K, Schwartz JH, Borkan SC. Correction for Wang et al., "Nucleophosmin, a Critical Bax Cofactor in Ischemia-Induced Cell Death". Mol Cell Biol. 2017 Oct 01; 37(19). PMID: 28899998.
- Published on 9/15/2016
Menn-Josephy H, Lee CS, Nolin A, Christov M, Rybin DV, Weinberg JM, Henderson J, Bonegio R, Havasi A. Renal Interstitial Fibrosis: An Imperfect Predictor of Kidney Disease Progression in Some Patient Cohorts. Am J Nephrol. 2016; 44(4):289-299. PMID: 27626625.
- Published on 6/27/2016
Bossaller L, Christ A, Pelka K, Nündel K, Chiang PI, Pang C, Mishra N, Busto P, Bonegio RG, Schmidt RE, Latz E, Marshak-Rothstein A. TLR9 Deficiency Leads to Accelerated Renal Disease and Myeloid Lineage Abnormalities in Pristane-Induced Murine Lupus. J Immunol. 2016 Aug 15; 197(4):1044-53. PMID: 27354219.
- Published on 12/29/2015
Al-Rabadi L, Ayalon R, Bonegio RG, Ballard JE, Fujii AM, Henderson JM, Salant DJ, Beck LH. Pregnancy in a Patient With Primary Membranous Nephropathy and Circulating Anti-PLA2R Antibodies: A Case Report. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 May; 67(5):775-8. PMID: 26744127.
- Published on 12/1/2015
Duffau P, Menn-Josephy H, Cuda CM, Dominguez S, Aprahamian TR, Watkins AA, Yasuda K, Monach P, Lafyatis R, Rice LM, Kenneth Haines G, Gravallese EM, Baum R, Richez C, Perlman H, Bonegio RG, Rifkin IR. Promotion of Inflammatory Arthritis by Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 in a Mouse Model. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Dec; 67(12):3146-57. PMID: 26315890.
- Published on 1/16/2015
Watkins AA, Yasuda K, Wilson GE, Aprahamian T, Xie Y, Maganto-Garcia E, Shukla P, Oberlander L, Laskow B, Menn-Josephy H, Wu Y, Duffau P, Fried SK, Lichtman AH, Bonegio RG, Rifkin IR. IRF5 deficiency ameliorates lupus but promotes atherosclerosis and metabolic dysfunction in a mouse model of lupus-associated atherosclerosis. J Immunol. 2015 Feb 15; 194(4):1467-79. PMID: 25595782.
- Published on 9/8/2014
Gall JM, Wang Z, Bonegio RG, Havasi A, Liesa M, Vemula P, Borkan SC. Conditional knockout of proximal tubule mitofusin 2 accelerates recovery and improves survival after renal ischemia. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 May; 26(5):1092-102. PMID: 25201884.
- Published on 7/30/2014
Yasuda K, Watkins AA, Kochar GS, Wilson GE, Laskow B, Richez C, Bonegio RG, Rifkin IR. Interferon regulatory factor-5 deficiency ameliorates disease severity in the MRL/lpr mouse model of lupus in the absence of a mutation in DOCK2. PLoS One. 2014; 9(7):e103478. PMID: 25076492.
- Published on 7/1/2014
Aprahamian TR, Bonegio RG, Weitzner Z, Gharakhanian R, Rifkin IR. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonists in the prevention and treatment of murine systemic lupus erythematosus. Immunology. 2014 Jul; 142(3):363-73. PMID: 24456224.
- Published on 1/1/2014
Watkins AA, Bonegio RG, Rifkin IR. Evaluating the role of nucleic acid antigens in murine models of systemic lupus erythematosus. Methods Mol Biol. 2014; 1169:143-58. PMID: 24957237.
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