Sohraby Is New NEI Deputy SD
Sarah Sohraby recently joined NEI's Division of Intramural
Research as deputy scientific director. She will monitor, coordinate
and evaluate all aspects of NEI's intramural research efforts.
She received her M.D. (magna cum laude) from Belgium's
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Medical School in 1977.
In Brussels, she completed her clinical fellowship training
in internal medicine in 1980. From 1980 until 1983, she served
as a Fogarty postdoctoral fellow at NIH in Dr. Maurice Burg's
lab and, subsequently, at Harvard Medical School from 1984
to 1987 in Dr. Barry Brenner's lab. She received her Ph.D.
in physiological sciences at ULB concurrent with her board
certification in internal medicine. For the last 18 years,
she has held research and teaching positions in Belgium both
at the Medical and the Engineering School (ULB), and in the
Congo at the Université de Lubumbashi's medical school. Sohraby
has published in many scientific journals. She was the first
to describe the direct measurement of single, amiloride-sensitive
Na+ channels, after incorporation of purified kidney
epithelial cell apical membranes in planar lipid bilayers.
Her studies also indicated that the effect of aldosterone on
kidney Na+ transport was related to methylation
at the membrane level.