LDN Fellow Named as Outstanding Mentor

Reena Kartha, PhD, a former LDN Fellow, is a Research Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, and a Principal Scientist for the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Orphan Drug Research. Her research focuses on the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Kartha also generously helps interview applicants for the University of Minnesota Center for Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s summer programs. Dr. Kartha has been named the 2017 CTSI Outstanding Junior Mentor.

Dr. Kartha receives her award for Outstanding 2017 Junior Mentor

Reena Kartha, PhD receives the Univ. of Minnesota’s CTSI 2017 Outstanding Junior Mentor award. Reena Kartha, PhD (right), and Anne Marie Weber-Main, co-director of CTSI’s mentoring program (left).

Comments from nominating mentees included: “Dr. Kartha is one of the most intelligent women I have ever had the honor of meeting and I am inspired by her internal strength, wisdom, confidence, and grace. She is someone I hope and aspire to become, and not just from a researcher perspective, but as a person.”


“What distinguishes Dr. Kartha from most other mentors is the relationships she develops with her mentees. The net result is a string of trainees who have grown substantially as researchers and, more importantly, and have developed a sense of curiosity and excitement about clinical science.”

The Lysosomal Disease Network congratulates Dr. Kartha, and is proud to have chosen her as one of its 2016-2017 Fellows. Dr. Kartha also is a graduate of the RDCRN’s Rare Disease Clinical Research Training Program. She will be presenting her research at the NORD Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit, October 16-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.