MMCRI welcomes visiting scholars from both domestic and international institutions.

Scientists who collaborate with MMCRI faculty may be extended a Visiting Scientist appointment to come and collaborate onsite. International scholars may work with MMCRI’s International Office for sponsorship of a J-1 Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, or Specialist visa as part of the Exchange Visitor Program.

Please contact Liz Bergst at for more information.

Meet two of our Visiting Scholars:

Ashwani Gupta, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow

Ashwani came to MMCRI from Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.  He joined the Oxburgh Lab in 2016 to focus on kidney research in an area that may be instrumental in kidney repair or replacement.  Specifically the Oxburgh lab is doing research to make kidney tissue from skin derived cells and testing their functionality.  The preliminary data looks promising and Ashwani is looking forward to continuing his work in kidney research.

Yosta Vegting, Visiting Scholar – Rosen Lab

Yosta is a medical student from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  She came to MMCRI in 2018 participate in research collaboration before graduating.  Yosta is in the Rosen Lab doing research on a newly discovered hormone, called irisin. Irisin is made by muscles when exercising and could help to build our knowledge regarding why exercising is healthy.  Yosta is looking forward to using the research techniques learned at MMCRI to pursue her PhD.