MD, PhD, FACP
Preferred method of communication
Research and teaching
Area of Focus
- Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Summary of Research
Hematopoietic cell transplantation is used to treat hematologic malignancies, aplastic anemia and congenital defects of hematopoiesis. The most frequent complications are immune complications. These include either insufficient immunity against microorganisms or leukemic cells, leading to infections or leukemic relapse, or deleterious immunity leading to, e.g., graft-versus-host disease.We study how immunity develops after hematopoietic cell transplantation. This includes evaluation of immunity against virus-infected cells or leukemic cells, with the goal of limiting the incidence of infections and relapse. It also includes evaluation of alloimmunity, autoimmunity and allergy. For example, we search for biomarkers of graft-vs-host disease, with the goal of improving donor selection or treating graft-vs-host disease preemptively. For another example, we explore whether and how allergic diseases (asthma, rhinitis, eczema) or autoimmune diseases are transferred from a hematopoietic cell donor to a recipient, or cured if a hematopoietic cell transplant recipient with an autoimmune or allergic disease receives the graft from a healthy donor.
1978-1984 Charles University School of General Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic,MUDr (MD equivalent, 1984) and CSc (PhD equivalent, 1994)1984-1994 Research and Clinical Trainee (Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Immunology), Charles University Hospital, Prague, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Washington, Seattle, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle1994-2004 Staff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington, Seattle2004-Present Associate and Full Professor, Departments of Medicine (Hematology), Oncology and Microbiology/Immunology/Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary, and Alberta Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Alberta Health Services Research