I am a Professor in the Department of Pathology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and currently direct the HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I am a native of New Orleans, LA and graduated with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Louisiana State University Medical Center – Shreveport in 1994. After a post-doctoral fellowship in the Histocompatibility and Immunodiagnostics laboratories at LSUMC from 1994 – 1998, I became an assistant professor and the director of the HLA/Tissue Typing Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1998 to 2005, prior to relocating to Wake Forest School of Medicine. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and accredited to direct laboratories for solid organ transplantation and bone marrow transplantation.
My clinical interests include HLA typing; anti-HLA antibody detection, lymphocyte crossmatching; application of molecular methodologies to HLA typing. My research interests include role of HLA and/or anti-HLA antibodies in the pathogenesis human disease role and detection of APOL1 gene variants in the transplantation process.