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Meet the Fellows

Current Fellows

Jes Sanders, MD

Jes Sanders, MD

Program Dates: 6/2022 - 6/2024

Primary Mentor: Joseph Leventhal, MD PhD & Joshua Levitsky, MD

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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research 

Project Title: A Phase I Clinical Trial with Donor-Specific Expanded Recipient Regulatory T cells in Living Donor Liver Transplant Recipients

Bima Hasjim, MD

Bima Hasjim, MD

Program Dates: 6/2022 - 6/2024

Primary Mentor: Daniela Ladner, MD MPH

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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title:  Drivers of poor outcomes in low MELD cirrhosis

Andrew Benintende, MD

Andrew Benintende, MD

Program Dates: 6/2020 - 6/2023

Primary Mentor: Richard Green, MD

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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research 

Project Title:  An In Vitro Model for Hepatocyte Lipotoxicity in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis using Patient Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

"Transplantation research is more exciting than ever and T32 training grants are a great way for postdocs to get involved!"

Avesh Thuluvath, MD

Avesh Thuluvath, MD

Program Dates: 3/2020 - 2/2022

Primary Mentor: Daniela Ladner, MD MPH

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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title:  Patient-centered interventions to improve frailty and patient-reported outcomes in liver transplant candidates

"As a T32 fellow, I have the opportunity to pursue a MSCI. My classes on biostats and big data analysis have been so helpful in my research. "

Graduated Fellows

Bridget Whitehead, MD, MS

Bridget Whitehead, MD, MS

Program Dates:
1/2020 – 7/2021
Primary Mentor:
Estella Alonso, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title: The Impact of Bacterial Translocation and Inflammation on Growth in Children with Chronic Liver Disease

Current Role: Transplant Hepatology Fellow, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Osama Siddiqui

Osama Siddiqui

Program Dates:
7/2020 - 8/2021
Primary Mentor:
Daniela Ladner, MD MPH
Mark Antkowiak

Mark Antkowiak

Program Dates:
7/2019 - 6/2020
Primary Mentor:
Rich Green, MD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Identification andcharacterization of structuralfactors that facilitatedevelopment of steatosis iniPSC-hepatocytes grown in3D cultur

Current Role: Medical Student, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Nikhilesh Mazumder, MD MPH

Nikhilesh Mazumder, MD MPH

Program Dates:
1/2018 - 12/2019
Primary Mentor:
Daniela Ladner, MD & Josh Levitsky, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title: Demonstrating pathways to Value-Based Care for patients with liver cirrhosis from waitlisting to liver transplantation (Phase II)

Current Role: Clinical Instructor
Hepatology/Transplant Hepatology
University of Michigan

Frances Tangherlini Lee, MD

Frances Tangherlini Lee, MD

Program Dates:
7/2017 - 6/2019
Primary Mentor:
Xunrong Luo, MD PhD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Tolerance for Xenogeneic Islet Cell Transplantation

Current Role: Endocrine Surgery Fellow, University of Chicago

Jessica Heinrichs Voss, PhD

Jessica Heinrichs Voss, PhD

Program Dates:
7/2017 - 6/2019
Primary Mentor:
Joseph Leventhal, MD PhD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Personalized Tolerance: Alloantigen Specific T Regulatory Cell therapy Following Organ Transplantation

Current Role: Medical Science Liaison-Solid Organ Transplant, Sanofi Genzyme

Jessica Hoch Brown, PhD

Jessica Hoch Brown, PhD

Program Dates:
6/2016 - 6/2018
Primary Mentor:
Jason Wertheim, MD PhD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Development and Evaluation of a Synthetic 3D Scaffold for Production of Functional iPSC-derived Hepatocytes

Current Role: Senior Medical Writer, BostonGene

Ramiro Fernandez, MD

Ramiro Fernandez, MD

Program Dates:
7/2016 - 6/2018
Primary Mentor:
Ankit Bharat, MD
Kofi Atiemo, MD

Kofi Atiemo, MD

Program Dates:
7/2015 - 6/2017
Primary Mentor:
Daniela Ladner, MD & Abel Kho, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title: Factors associated with increased mortality among patients with Cirrhosis and a low MELD

Current Role: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Abdominal Transplant, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Stephen Chiu, MD

Stephen Chiu, MD

Program Dates:
7/2015 -6/2017
Primary Mentor:
Ankit Bharat, MD
JP Savaryn, PhD

JP Savaryn, PhD

Program Dates:
7/2013 - 6/2015
Primary Mentor:
Michael Abecassis, MD & Neil Kelleher, MD PhD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Top-down proteomics todetect complex diseasephenotypes intransplant patients

Current Role: Senior Scientist II
DMPK-Bioanalysis
AbbVie Inc.

McCarthy, Derrick

McCarthy, Derrick

Program Dates:
7/2013-6/2015
Primary Mentor:
Stephen Miller, MD
Lisa McElroy, MD

Lisa McElroy, MD

Program Dates:
7/2013 - 6/2015
Primary Mentor:
Daniela Ladner, MD & Jane Holl, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title: System and process vulnerabilities in the handoff of liver transplant patients

Current Role: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Duke University, Durham, NC

Nadine Lerret, PhD

Nadine Lerret, PhD

Program Dates:
7/2011-6/2013
Primary Mentor:
Xunrong Luo, MD PhD
Marina Serper, MD

Marina Serper, MD

Program Dates:
7/2011 - 6/2013
Primary Mentor:
Michael Wolf, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research 

Project Title: Medication regimen adherence in transplant

Current Role: Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

Josetta Houlihan, PhD

Josetta Houlihan, PhD

Program Dates:
8/2010 - 7/2011
Primary Mentor:
Xunrong Luo, MD PhD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Role of CD8+CD25+ FoxP3+ T cells in transplant rejection tolerance

Neehar Parikh, MD

Neehar Parikh, MD

Program Dates:
6/2010 - 6/2012
Primary Mentor:
Xeeshan Butt, MD
Bara Sarraj, PhD

Bara Sarraj, PhD

Program Dates:
7/2009 - 6/2010
Primary Mentor:
M. Javeed Ansari, MD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Requirement for CD44 and L-selectin for the development of autoimmunity and proteoglycan-induced arthritis in BALB/c mice

Current Role: Assistant Professor of Biology
Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL

Colleen Jay, MD

Colleen Jay, MD

Program Dates:
6/2008-6/2010
Primary Mentor:
David Cella, MD & Anton Skaro, MD
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Area of Interest: Outcomes Research

Project Title: Outcomes research; cost-effectiveness deceased brain death versus deceased cardiac death donor organs in transplantation

Current Role: Associate Professor of Surgery, Abdominal Organ Transplantation
Surgical Director of Living Kidney Donor Program
Wake Forest Baptist Health, Wake Forest, IL

Aaron Martin, PhD

Aaron Martin, PhD

Program Dates:
9/2007 - 7/2010
Primary Mentor:
Stephen Miller, MD
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Area of Interest: Basic Science Research

Project Title: Molecular aspects of tolerance induction in the regulation of relapsing EAE

Current Role: Principal Scientist, Cell Therapy Discovery
Precision Biosciences