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Fadi George Lakkis M.D.

  • Frank & Athena Sarris Chair in Transplantation Biology
  • Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Professor, Department of Immunology
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Scientific Director, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
  • PMI Graduate Faculty

    Education & Training

  • M.D., American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Representative Publications
Research Interests
  • Allorecognition in the innate immune system.
  • The biology of memory T cells in organ transplantation.

The goal of my research is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of acute and chronic rejection in solid organ transplantation. The principal areas of investigation in my laboratory are the innate mechanisms responsible for initiating and perpetuating the alloimmune response and the role of memory T cells in allograft rejection.  Mouse models of skin, heart, kidney, and islet transplantation are employed to address these areas of investigation.  Intravital multiphoton microscopy is used to investigate the mechanisms of memory T cell migration to the transplanted mouse kidney and their interactions with antigen presenting cells.  My lab is also part of a human immunology group investigating innate and adaptive immune function in kidney transplant recipients.