David Nikolic-Paterson is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is Head of Laboratory Research in the Department of Nephrology at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, and a Group Leader in the Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases. His group investigates mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis in acute and chronic kidney disease, including transplant rejection. A particular focus is the contribution of myeloid cells and the TGF-β/Smad and stress-activated protein kinase signalling pathways. This work has resulted in a several clinical trials in diabetic kidney disease and other fibrotic diseases. Dr Nikolic-Paterson is also serves an Associate Editor or Editorial Board member for several of the top journals in Nephrology and Pathology.