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  • Researchers in the Weimbs Lab are working hard every day to investigate the mechanisms underlying Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and devising new treatments.
  • Our team consists of dedicated postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and technical staff.


  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases and affects over 600,000 people in the US alone.
  • PKD is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and treatment options are extremely limited.
  • Research in the Weimbs Laboratory at UCSB has led to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying PKD and possible new strategies for therapy.
  • We are pursuing this research using state-of-the-art laboratory methods, mouse, rat and cat models of PKD, and clinical trials. 
  • The costs of performing biomedical research are high and our continued success depends on funding from government agencies, foundations and private philanthropy.

How can you help?

  • Donate Online Now

  • Even small donations add up and allow us to accelerate the progress of our research.
  • Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt and acknowledgment.
  • Your donation will become an important part of a fund that is solely used to support PKD research in the Weimbs Laboratory.
  • Other ways to support our PKD research:
    • We welcome your creativity in specifying a gift that will engender a unique, individual legacy in your name. Annual contributions of $1,000 or more qualifies you for membership in the Chancellor's Council at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Named funds may be established for endowed or current use purposes, based on campus guidelines. Designate a gift in your name or that of a loved one. Please inquire about naming opportunities, endowed professorships, Postdoctoral Scholarships, Graduate Student Fellowships and many other giving options. The University accepts many kinds of donations, including matching gifts with your employer, property, estates, and vehicles. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our donors, whatever the mechanism of donation.
    • Please feel free to contact us to discuss your giving options:
      Bethany Innocenti, Lead Director of Development for the Sciences, Dean’s Office
      University California, Santa Barbara
      (805) 893-4963