Kuang-Yu Jen, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Renal Pathology

Professor, Department of Pathology

To see if Kuang-Yu Jen is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Pathology - Renal

Pathology - Transplant

Locations and Contact

Patient Support Services Building

Patient Support Services Building - Pathology
4150 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Jen is the Director of Renal Pathology and specializes in renal and transplant pathology.  He is the primary contact for the Renal Pathology Outreach Service, which provides diagnostic assessment of native and transplant renal biopsies.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Jen's research focuses on using histopathologic data to predict clinical outcome, focusing on native kidney disease and renal transplants. Histopathologic data consists of morphologic findings obtained from traditional microscopic examination as well as developing and using state of the art deep learning-based image analysis on digital images.


Anatomic Pathology

Undergraduate School

B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1998

Medical School

M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA 2006

Other School

Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 2005


Anatomic Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2006-2009


Renal Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2010-2011


Surgical and Transplant Pathology, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2011-2012

Treasurer of the Renal Pathology Society, 2022, 2023, 2024

ASCP Leadership Institute Certificate Program, 2019

Outstanding Poster, Kidney Research Symposium, UC Davis, 2017

Excellence in Teaching Award, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2015

Chief Resident, Anatomic Pathology, UCSF, 2011

For complete list, please refer to:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/167Qgj2Ike-kg/bibliography/public/

Lutnick B, Manthey D, Becker JU, Ginley B, Moos K, Zuckerman JE, Rodrigues L, Gallan AJ, Barisoni L, Alpers CE, Wang XX, Myakala K, Jones BA, Levi M, Kopp JB, Yoshida T, Zee J, Han SS, Jain S, Rosenberg AZ, Jen KY, Sarder P. A user-friendly tool for cloud-based whole slide image segmentation with examples from renal histopathology. Commun Med (Lond). 2022 Aug 19;2:105. doi:10.1038/s43856-022-00138-z. PMID:35996627.

Lutnick B, Manthey D, Becker JU, Zuckerman JE, Rodrigues L, Jen KY, Sarder P. A tool for federated training of segmentation models on whole slide images. J Pathol Inform. 2022 May 21;13:100101.  doi:10.1016/j.jpi.2022.100101. PMID:35910077.

Chang H, Yang X, Moore J, Liu XP, Jen KY, Snijders AM, Ma L, Chou W, Corchado-Cobos R, García-Sancha N, Mendiburu-Eliçabe M, Pérez-Losada J, Barcellos-Hoff MH, Mao JH. From Mouse to Human: Cellular Morphometric Subtype Learned From Mouse Mammary Tumors Provides Prognostic Value in Human Breast Cancer. Front Oncol. 2022 Feb 11;11:819565. doi:10.3389/fonc.2021.819565. PMID:35242697.

Govind D, Becker JU, Miecznikowski J, Rosenberg AZ, Dang J, Tharaux PL, Yacoub R, Thaiss F, Hoyer PF, Manthey D, Lutnick B, Worral AM, Mohammad I, Walavalkar V, Tomaszewski JE, Jen KY, Sarder P. PodoSighter: A Cloud-Based Tool for Label-Free Podocyte Detection in Kidney Whole-Slide Images. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2021 Nov;32(11):2795-2813. doi:10.1681/ASN.2021050630. Epub 2021 Sep 3. PMID:34479966.

de Haan K, Zhang Y, Zuckerman JE, Liu T, Sisk AE, Diaz MFP, Jen KY, Nobori A, Liou S, Zhang S, Riahi R, Rivenson Y, Wallace WD, Ozcan A. Deep learning-based transformation of H&E stained tissues into special stains. Nat Commun. 2021 Aug 12;12(1):4884. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25221-2. PMID:34385460.

Jen KY, Auron A. Atypical Antiglomerular Basement Membrane Disease in a Pediatric Patient Successfully Treated with Rituximab. Case Rep Nephrol. 2021 Jul 17;2021:2586693. doi:10.1155/2021/2586693. PMID:34336318.

Wiegley N, Walavalkar V, Aujla H, Chen LX, Huang Y, Lee BK, Jen KY. Clinicopathologic Characteristics of JC Virus Nephropathy in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Transplantation. 2021 May 1;105(5):1069-1076. doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000003363. PMID:32639410.

Jespersen Nizamic T, Huang Y, Alnimri M, Cheng M, Chen LX, Jen KY. COVID-19 Manifesting as Renal Allograft Dysfunction, Acute Pancreatitis, and Thrombotic Microangiopathy: A Case Report. Transplant Proc. 2021 May;53(4):1211-1214. doi:10.1016/j.transproceed.2020.10.048. Epub 2020 Dec 18. PMID:33436168.

Ginley B, Jen KY, Han SS, Rodrigues L, Jain S, Fogo AB, Zuckerman J, Walavalkar V, Miecznikowski JC, Wen Y, Yen F, Yun D, Moon KC, Rosenberg A, Parikh C, Sarder P. Automated Computational Detection of Interstitial Fibrosis, Tubular Atrophy, and Glomerulosclerosis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2021 Feb 23;32(4):837–50. doi:10.1681/ASN.2020050652. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33622976.