Title and Department
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Nephrology and Hypertension
Professional bio

Ambra Pozzi, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

She serves as the associate director of Vanderbilt O’Brien Kidney Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease. She is also the associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Pozzi earned a master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Milan and a PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of Florence, Italy. After receiving postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, Dr. Pozzi joined the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt University in 2000.

Dr. Pozzi She is a funded investigator at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Affairs hospital where she also serves as the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research. Dr. Pozzi oversees an active research laboratory looking at how matrix receptors regulate collagen homeostasis in kidney injury and at identifying new targets for anti-fibrotic therapy.

She has mentored more than 100 individuals including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior investigators. She has more than 130 publications including peer reviewed articles, invited reviews, and book chapters with major focus on mechanisms of fibrosis. Her studies are currently supported by NIH, VA, and ADA funding. Dr. Pozzi’s stature and knowledge in the field of matrix biology and matrix receptor biology is demonstrated by the fact that she has served as member and/or chair on numerous NIH, ASN, DOD, AHA and VA study sections and she is on the editorial board of Kidney International and she serves as an associate editor for Matrix Biology, Matrix Biology Plus, and eLife.