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Division of Renal Medicine Transplantation Research Center Faculty

The Schuster Family Transplantation Research Center (TRC) is a multifaceted group of clinicians and investigators that strives to dramatically improve outcomes for recipients of transplanted organs. We emphasize the importance of translational research, starting in the clinic with recognition of the life-long challenges that recipients face — before, during and after transplant surgery. In the laboratory, researchers probe complex processes such as allorecognition and rejection, improvements in surgical technique and drug development. This bedside-to-bench philosophy lies at the core of the Center’s values.

Anil Chandraker, MD
Associate Professor
Defining T cell phenotypes of transplant recipients with stable and deteriorating renal function
Development of anti-HLA antibodies after transplantation; effectiveness of quinolone antibiotics against polyoma virus in renal transplant recipients

Reza Abdi, MD
Associate Professor
Roles of chemokines in the pathogenesis of allograft rejection; role of specific chemokines and their receptors in islet allograft rejection

Jamil Azzi, MD
Associate Professor
Exploring novel therapeutic strategies that preferentially promote immune regulation and induce tolerance to self and alloantigens

Martina McGrath, MD

Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Define the mechanisms of immune regulation, identify earlier non-invasive markers of rejection and develop novel therapies to promote organ tolerance such as through targeting PD1 and Notch signaling.

Melissa Yeung, MD


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