Renal Transplant Research

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
Interim Director
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
Assistant Professor
Roles of chemokines in the pathogenesis of allograft rejection; role of specific chemokines and their receptors in islet allograft rejection

Jamil Azzi, MD
Instructor
Exploring novel therapeutic strategies that preferentially promote immune regulation and induce tolerance to self and allo-antigens

Martina McGrath, MD

Instructor

Nader Najafian, MD
Assistant Professor
Role of costimulatory molecules in  autoimmunity and in allograft rejection/tolerance

Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD
Instructor
Mechanisms of chronic rejection and novel potentials pathways important for transplantation tolerance, such as the Notch pathway and negative costimulatory pathways (PD1:PDL1)

Mohamed Sayegh, MD
Professor
Mechanisms of allograft rejection and transplantation tolerance

Melissa Yeung, MD
Instructor

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