Denise Marciano, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Carolyn R. Bacon Distinguished Professorship in Medical Science and Education
  • Internal Medicine - Nephrology


Denise Marciano, M.D., Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. She earned her Ph.D. in cellular biophysics at the Rockefeller University and her medical degree at Cornell University. 

She completed the rest of her medical training at the University of California San Francisco, where she became drawn to caring for patients with kidney disease. At that time, she also developed a passion for research on how the kidney develops and functions. Lured by the opportunity to meld her clinical and scientific interests, she joined the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine in 2011. She is also an attending physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where she sees patients with renal disease. 

The goal of Dr. Marciano’s research is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive kidney development and repair after injury. She uses a variety of cellular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to study these processes in renal tubules and the filtration units of the kidney, called glomeruli. She has received several grant awards to support her research laboratory, including awards from the March of Dimes and the NIH. More details on her research program can be found at the Marciano Research Lab.

Personal Note

Dr. Marciano’s interests outside of medicine and research include spending time with her family, hiking, and cooking.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of California at San Francisco (2003-2007), Nephrology
  • Residency - University of California, San Francisco (2001-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Cornell University Medical College (1993-2001)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Rockefeller University (1995-1999)
  • Graduate School - Rockefeller University (1995-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Heart Association (2014)
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • American Society of Nephrology
Honors & Awards
  • Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology 2017
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award 2001, Graduated in top ten students at Cornell Univ Medical College
  • Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College 1993
  • NRSA F32 grant 2005
  • K08 and NKF Young Investigator Awards 2008
  • Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant 2013
  • March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholar 2013
  • American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) 2020
Books & Publications
  • Tubulogenesis
  • Kidney development and disease
  • Cell polarity