University of Nebraska Medical Center

Erika I. Boesen, PhD, FAHA

Associate Professor, UNMC Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Erika I. Boesen, Ph.D.
Erika I. Boesen, PhD, is an associate professor in the UNMC Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology. Recruited to the UNMC faculty in 2012, Dr. Boesen’s research focuses on factors regulating kidney function in health and disease.

Current work in the lab relates to understanding how the kidneys become damaged in the autoimmune disease lupus, which predominantly affects women and has limited effective treatments.

In addition to research, Dr. Boesen plays an active role in the education of graduate and health professions students at UNMC. She currently serves as director of the Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine doctoral program, which is one of seven programs within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. She also serves as a co-director of the Gastrointestinal Block for the Phase 1 Medical curriculum and as course director of the foundational physiology course taken by all physician assistant and doctor of physical therapy students at UNMC.

Dr. Boesen obtained her PhD in physiology from Monash University in Australia before embarking on postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
  • Bachelor's: Monash University, Australia, with honors, 2001
  • PhD: Monash University, 2005
  • Postdoctoral: Medical College of Georgia in Augusta
  • Renal physiology and pathophysiology
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Iron-mediated renal damage
  • Autocrine/paracrine mechanisms impacting renal function and injury
  • Endothelin and salt-sensitive hypertension

Publications, National Library of Medicine

Honors and Service
  • Member, Pathobiology of Kidney Disease Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 2023-2027
  • UNMC College of Medicine and Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award, 2021
  • Young Investigator Award, American Physiological Society Renal Section, 2021
  • UNMC New Investigator Award, 2014
  • Fellow, American Heart Association since 2012