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

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., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Nephrology. She specializes in kidney disease.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Marciano holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned her doctorate in cellular biophysics from The Rockefeller University, and her medical degree from Weill Cornell University Medical College in New York. She completed internal medicine residency training, as well as fellowship training in nephrology, at the University of California San Francisco, where she also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Louis F. Reichardt Lab.  

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and nephrology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011.

Dr. Marciano focuses her research on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive kidney development and regeneration. 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 also studies the pathogenesis of human congenital kidney abnormalities. 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.

Education & Training
  • Graduate School - Rockefeller University (1995-1999)
  • 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)
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