Robert Mak, MD, PHD
Meet Robert Mak, MD, PHD!
Robert is chief of the Pediatric Nephrology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He is also a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. Robert’s research primarily focuses on muscle wasting in nephropathic cystinosis. Learn more about Robert below.
Q. Please tell us about the research that you’re conducting and how it affects the cystinosis community. How will this research benefit those who live with cystinosis?
A. My laboratory is focused on studying muscle wasting in nephropathic cystinosis. We aim to discover novel therapy for the severe muscle wasting in children and young adults with nephropathic cystinosis, a complication for which there is no known treatment. We hope our research will improve the quality of life as well as longevity of our patients.
I am also a pediatric nephrologist and have treated many patients with nephropathic cystinosis. I am participating in the combined cystinosis clinic at UCSD. I hope we can improve the treatment of this devastating disorder through our translational research.
Q. What drew you to this profession?
A. I have always been attracted to the medical profession since I was very young and always aimed to become a physician during my early education years. One of my earliest research projects during my residency, and actually my very first published paper, is on the subject of nephropathic cystinosis.
Q. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why would you choose it?
A. I wish I could perform miracles in healing untreatable diseases. Realistically, we hope to achieve this through inspiration for novel innovative therapy and groundbreaking research to realize these miracles.
Q. Do you have children? How many?
A. Yes, I have 2 sons, both are in college currently.
Q. Do you have a pet – what kind of pet and what is the pet’s name?
A. I don’t have pets but we do most of our research on mice, so they would be our pets.
Q. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A. Salted caramel is my favorite.