Herbert Lin's Lab


The overall theme of my laboratory is to understand the role of the TGF-β/BMP signaling pathways in health and disease. My laboratory has currently three major areas of interest: 1) Understanding the role of the RGM/DRAGON family of BMP co-receptors in the regulation of BMP signaling; 2) Determining the specific role of hemojuvelin (HJV) in the regulation of hepcidin expression and iron metabolism; 3) Study of TGF-β/BMP ligands interaction with receptors using biochemical and cell biology techniques. Ultimately, by studying this complex but important signaling system, we aim to generate new knowledge that will lead to novel therapeutic options for chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease, hemochromatosis and anemia of chronic disease.

Recent Publications (more...)

Eddowes LA, Al-Hourani K, Ramamurthy N, Frankish J, Baddock HT, Sandor C, Ryan JD, Fusco DN, Arezes J, Giannoulatou E, Boninsegna S, Chevaliez S, Owens BMJ, Sun CC, Fabris P, Giordani MT, Martines D, Vukicevic S, Crowe J, Lin HY, Rehwinkel J, McHugh PJ, Binder M, Babitt JL, Chung RT, Lawless MW, Armitage AE, Webber C, Klenerman P, Drakesmith H
Antiviral activity of bone morphogenetic proteins and activins.
Nat Microbiol. 2018;4(2):339-351 - PMID: 30510168 - PMCID: PMC6590058 - DOI: 10.1038/s41564-018-0301-9
Liu J, Wang W, Liu M, Su L, Zhou H, Xia Y, Ran J, Lin HY, Yang B
Repulsive guidance molecule b inhibits renal cyst development through the bone morphogenetic protein signaling pathway.
Cell Signal. 2016;28(12):1842-1851 - PMID: 27575743 - DOI: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2016.08.015

Recent News (more...)

2014-10-20: A multidisciplinary team lead by Dr. Herbert Y. Lin and including CSB members Dr. Dennis Ausiello, Dr. Stanley Shaw, and Dr. Ravi Thadhani, Chief of Nephrology, working with Professor Michael Cima of the MIT Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, have won a MGH-MIT Strategic Partnership Grand Challenge in Diagnostics larger grant. The award will support the development of a portable, noninvasive device capable of accurately measuring blood volume using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In addition, Dr. Lin is a Co-Investigator on a winning smaller grant lead by Dr. Anthony Samir of the Department of Radiology for the adaptation of an optical system for localizing the position of ultrasound transducers, which compensates for individual operator differences, to the noninvasive monitoring of tissue loss in chronic kidney disease. (pdf) A National Public Radio interview and article related to the MGH-MIT Grand Challenge grants featuring Drs. Lin, Ausiello and Cima appeared recently.
2013-10-23: On October 1st, 2013 the Division of Nephrology announced that Dr. Herbert Y. Lin will assume the position of Director of Translational Research. Dr. Lin leads a highly productive laboratory within the Division of Nephrology and Center for Systems Biology focusing on TGF-β/BMP signaling pathways and is widely recognized for his mentorship of junior investigators.
2012-03-09: Jodie Babitt, MD, is the recipient of the 2012 MGH Howard Goodman Fellowship. This highly competitive $300,000 award is "intended to further the career of outstanding young scientists who have demonstrated the potential to rise to a leadership position in their chosen field". Jodie won this award for her pioneering bench-to-bedside work on the identification and development of novel regulators of body iron homeostasis. Congratulations Jodie.