Dr Simon Jiang

BMed, MMed(Hons), FRACP, PhD
Group Leader

Simon completed his medical degree from the University of Newcastle and specialist training in Nephrology at The Canberra and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals. He received his Masters in Medicine(Hons) from the University of Sydney and his PhD as an NHMRC/RACP scholar investigating the role of genetic variation in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Simon investigates the genetics of systemic autoimmunity and kidney disease and is chief investigator for the Genetic Variation in Immune-Mediated Kidney Disease program, Canberra Hospital. His research focuses on the genetic and molecular basis of autoimmunity and kidney disease, and the mechanisms contributing to organ-specific disease. He also investigates the genetic contribution to kidney disease in the Tiwi Islands as part of the ANU Grand Challenge in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. As a nephrologist and founding chair of the Translational Glomerulonephritis Clinic at The Canberra Hospital he works in incorporating genetic and molecular understanding of disease into precision medicine in autoimmune kidney disease. 

Research interests

Simon’s research focuses on the genetic and molecular basis of autoimmunity and kidney disease, the integration of genomics and phenotyping in developing personalised medicine, and incorporation of artificial intelligence into personalised medicine approaches. His research has identified gene variants and cellular phenotypes driving autoimmune disease and uses the understanding of the molecular basis of individuals’ disease to treat complex autoimmunity. He has special interest in applying these processes into Indigenous health. As a nephrologist and founding chair of the Translational Glomerulonephritis and the Personalised Medicine Clinic at The Canberra Hospital he works across ANU and Canberra Hospital campuses in incorporating genetic and molecular understanding of disease into precision medicine.