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Geetha Chalasani, M.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
  • Member, Immunology Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Member, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, School of Medicine
  • PMI Graduate Faculty

    Education & Training

  • M.B.B.S. - Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, Karnataka, India
Research Interests

Dr. Chalasani’s main interests include memory T cell biology, antibody-independent functions of B cells and pathogenesis of chronic rejection. Her laboratory is focused on understanding how memory T cells are generated in transplantation. Her group is investigating how B cell functions and their innate activation pathways contribute to T cell memory and chronic rejection, and how different B cell populations impact these processes. Other relevant translational areas of research include changes in B cell subpopulations and functions under depletional and non-depletional induction regimens in kidney transplant recipients; impact of circulating BAFF levels and concominant donor specific B and T cell memory in kidney transplant recipients undergoing early rejection; and immune exhaustion in pediatric liver transplant recipients as a mechanism of operational tolerance off immunosuppression.