James McCormick (Jim), Ph.D.

Associate professor and principal investigator

Jim McCormick Principal Investigator

Jim's research focuses on the regulation of sodium and potassium homeostasis by the Cullin3-WNK-SPAK/OSR1 cascade.


Yujiro Maeoka, M.D.

Postdoctoral researcher

Yujiro Maeoka Post Doctoral Researcher Current

Yujiro Maeoka received his M.D. from Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan in 2009. He was awarded a Ph.D. by Department of Nephrology, Hiroshima University in March 2019. His graduate work focused on the role of kidney specific ubiquitin ligase, which protects cells from hypertonic stress. His current work focuses on the role of mutations in CUL3, a key regulator of WNK-SPAK/OSR1 Kinase signaling pathway, in the pathogenesis of Familial Hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt).

Avika Sharma, B.S.

Research assistant II (colony manager)

Avika Sharma Colony Manager Current

Avika received a B.S. in Molecular Genetics at the University of Rochester in 2018. After graduating in August 2018, Avika joined the McCormick/Ellison Lab as a research assistant. 

McCormick lab alumni

Philip Blatt, B.S.

 Philip Blatt, Medical Student in the McCormick Lab, 2019

Phil is a medical student at OHSU and conducted research in the McCormick lab as a part of the Physician-Scientist Experience.

Lauren Miller, B.S.

Lauren Miller, BS Research Assistant II in Ellison and McCormick Labs, 2018

Lauren helped establish our current animal colony practices as a research assistant. She is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (PBMS).

Mohammed Ferdaus, Ph.D.

Mohammed Ferdaus, PhD Post Doctoral Fellow (McCormick Lab Collaborator) in the Ellison Lab, 2018

Mohammed worked in the McCormick lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Mohammed currently works at Vanderbilt with Dr. Eric Delpire.

Turgay Saritas, MD.

Turgay Saritas

Turgay worked on the role of CUL3 in kidney injury while visiting the McCormick Lab from University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany.