Dr. Christine A. Klemens studied molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving her Bachelor of Science in 2005 followed by a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in cell biology and molecular physiology in 2017. Her primary mentor, Alexander Staruschenko, PhD, is a professor of physiology at MCW and member of the Cardiovascular Center’s Signature Program in Hypertension. Her doctoral work focused on the mechanisms by which the cytoskeleton protein, ankyrin G, modulates the activity of the epithelial sodium channel in renal tubule cells. During her postdoctoral training, she plans to determine the role of the voltage-gated chloride channel 6 in cardiovascular and renal blood pressure control. These studies will further the understanding of blood pressure homeostasis, shed light on the physiological role of an understudied transmembrane protein, and most importantly, advance knowledge in the treatment and prevention of hypertension.