Dr. Wright holds baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and a doctorate in marine biology and comparative physiology from the University of California at Irvine. After a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, he joined the Department of Physiology at the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Wright’s research focuses on determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the kidney transports toxic compounds. His background as a marine biologist studying how marine animals accumulate dissolved nutrients directly from seawater transitioned well to studies of how cells move molecules across membranes. For the past 25 years, Dr. Wright has maintained continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).