The VICC.ORG Directory of Doctors, Healthcare Providers & Researchers

Roy Zent, M.D., Ph.D.

Thomas F. Frist, Sr. Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
Professor of Cancer Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology
VICC Member

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
C-3210 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2372


  • M.D. - University of the Witwatersrand
  • Ph.D. - University of Toronto
  • Fellowship - Toronto Western Hospital
  • Internship - Johannesburg General Hospital
  • Residency - Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa


Research Description

The laboratory works on the basic role of integrins in epithelial cell biology. We utilize the kidney as a model system and perform biochemical techniques, cell biology and transgenic mice to understand the basic mechanisms whereby integrin-ECM interactions modify cell function. In addition, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Sanders, we perform structural functions on integrins utilizing NMR.


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