Dr. Dervla Connaughton

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
MD, Ireland 

Phone: 519.663.3012
E-mail: Dervla.Connaughton@lhsc.on.ca

Biosketch and Research Interests

Dr. Dervla Connaughton is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Western University and the Eugen Drewlo Chair for Kidney Research and Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She is also the Director of Living Kidney Donation at London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Connaughton uses next-generation gene sequencing technology to identify defects in the DNA that are causing chronic kidney disease.

She received her medical degree and specialist training from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed a transplant fellowship at the National Centre for Nephrology and Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital in Ireland. She was awarded her PhD degree from Trinity College Dublin Ireland in renal genetics and has a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She completed her research fellowship at Harvard University, USA and Boston Children's Hospital where she carried out genetic research investigating monogenic causes of chronic kidney disease in both adult and pediatric populations. The main focus of her research is on understanding the genetic basis of all forms of chronic kidney disease. Specifically, her focus is to establish and characterize the molecular etiology of kidney disease using high throughput sequencing techniques including gene panel sequencing, whole exome and genome sequencing.

Dr. Connaughton joined the nephrology division at LHSC in October 2019. She cares for patients with glomerulonephritis, those that require hemodialysis, patients undergoing kidney transplant as well as patients wishing to donate a kidney through the live donation process. She has set up a specialist clinic for the evaluation of patients and their families who may have genetic forms of kidney disease.

Publications

See list of publications from PubMed.