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Transplantation and Immunology Research Network

american society of transplantation

Leadership

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN)℠ is governed by a committee of experts in transplantation and immunology. The committee is appointed by the AST President and approved by the AST Board of Directors; committee members serve a term of three years to ensure continuity in leadership and to maintain forward progress.

Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD

Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD
Chair

Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
Email: maltzman@stanford.edu

About Dr. Maltzman:

Dr. Maltzman is a physician-scientist at Stanford University and is affiliated with the Palo Alto VA. In addition to running a basic science laboratory, he has a clinical practice in transplant nephrology and actively teaches in the areas of basic immunology and transplantation. He is the Past-Chair of the AST Community of Basic Scientists.

Research Interests:

State-of-the-art genetic engineering and flow cytometry used to investigate fundamental aspects of immune function related to transplantation. Ongoing specific areas of work include investigation of T cell responses to cytomegalovirus, transcriptional control of regulatory T cell development and function, and signal transduction in memory T cells.

Ronald G. Gill

Ronald G. Gill, PhD
Co-Chair

University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, CO
Email: ronald.gill@ucdenver.edu

About Dr. Gill:

Dr. Gill is the Scientific Director of the Colorado Center for Transplantation Care, Research and Education (CCTCARE) and rejoined the University of Colorado in November 2009 after directing the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Research:

Transplantation of pancreatic cells as a treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes, transplant immunology.

Dianne B. McKay, MD, AST Councilor-at-Large

Dianne B. McKay, MD
Past Chair

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
Email: d1mckay@ucsd.edu

About Dr. McKay:

Dr. McKay, professor of medicine, is medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at UC San Diego Health System. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. McKay's clinical interests include kidney transplantation and gender-related health issues. She is considered an international expert on pregnancy in transplant recipients and maintains a clinical presence at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she cares for patients seeking to make kidney donations to children. She also specializes in the care of young adults who are transitioning from pediatric care to adult transplant programs.

Anil Chandraker

Anil Chandraker, MD

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Email: achandraker@partners.org

About Dr. Chandraker:

Dr. Chandraker is the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Interests:

The role of the T cell in chronic allograft rejection, including functions of various T cell co-stimulation pathways in the immunological and non-immunological mechanisms of chronic allograft injury. Also, clinical problems that affect transplant patients including anemia, BK infection, hyperlipidemia, and development of anti HLA antibodies post-transplantation.

Robert Fairchild

Robert Fairchild, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH
Email: fairchr@ccf.org

About Dr. Fairchild:

Dr. Fairchild is a researcher in the Department of Immunology at the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Research Interests:

Skin disease, skin and cardiac allograft rejection, T cell recruitment to inflammation in peripheral tissues.

Mandy Ford, PhD

Mandy Ford, PhD

Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Email: mandy.ford@emory.edu

About Dr. Ford:

Dr. Ford is a basic immunologist and Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Emory Transplant Center. She serves on the editorial board of The American Journal of Transplantation, is Section Editor of the Literature Watch feature of AJT, and is Chair of the Community of Basic Scientists within the AST.

Research Interests:

The Ford Lab focuses on the role of T cell costimulatory and coinhibitory pathways in transplantation, particularly during memory T cell-mediated allograft rejection.

Robert S. Gaston, MD

Robert S. Gaston, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Email: rgaston@uab.edu

About Dr. Gaston:

Dr. Gaston is Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Executive Co-Director of UAB's Comprehensive Transplant Institute, and holds the Luke Endowed Chair in Transplant Nephrology. Dr. Gaston is a Past-President of AST.

Research Interests:

Issues impacting long-term kidney allograft survival, immunosuppression, access of underserved populations to transplantation.

Michael Ison

Michael G. Ison, MD, MS

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Email: mgison@northwestern.edu

About Dr. Ison:

Dr. Ison is the Director of the Transplant and Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service and Associate Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Research Interests:

Infections in transplant recipients; further focused on viral infections, specifically respiratory viral infections (influenza, adenovirus) in transplant recipients.

Sheri Krams

Sheri Krams, PhD

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Email: smkrams@stanford.edu

About Dr. Krams:

Dr. Krams is the Association Professor of Surgery, Abdominal Transplantation at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Research Interests:

Transplant tolerance, NK cell diversity/responses to alloantigen and viruses, microRNAs as immune regulators in transplantation.

Kenneth Newell

Kenneth A. Newell, MD, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Email: kanewel@emory.edu

About Dr. Newell:

Dr. Newell holds the rank of Professor of Surgery and serves as the Vice Chair for Faculty Development at Emory University. His clinical practice focuses on kidney and pancreas transplantation and living donation.

Research Interests:

Clinical and experimental studies of tolerance to transplanted organs, the development of immunosuppressive regimens using costimulatory blockade, and mechanisms of alloimmunity.