I am a Professor in the Department of Pathology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and currently direct the HLA/Immunogenetics and Immunodiagnostics Laboratories 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 Health Sciences Center – Shreveport in 1994. After a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Surgery’s Histocompatibility and Immunodiagnostics laboratories at LSUHSC 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 as an Associate Professor before being promoted to Professor in 2014. I am a Fellow of the American College 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 and transplant-related typings. 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.