Transplantation Immunology (HLA) Fellowship

The University of Chicago Department of Pathology offers a fellowship in Transplantation Immunobiology starting July 1st in the laboratory of Susana R. Marino, MD, PhD, D (ABHI). Appointees for this fellowship position will participate in training and research in Transplantation Immunobiology and Immunogenetics for one year, not to exceed two years. The Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics Laboratory reviews over 3,300 full range adult and pediatric solid organ and stem cell transplant, blood bank, and HLA associated disease cases per year. Under the supervision of Dr. Marino, the Transplant Immunology Program Director, Dr. Maneesh Kumar Misra, and the management team; the Fellow will participate in HLA clinical testing, review of testing reports, and consultation of clinical cases. In addition, will perform research in collaboration with Dr. Marino and research scientists.

Essential functions include:

  • CLINICAL (40%): Analyzes in-house and external reports and consultation cases; collaborates with clinical transplant programs and other programs, including weekly clinical Pathology conferences to discuss complex cases. 
  • RESEARCH (50%): Participates in and manages research project studying Transplantation Immunobiology and Immunogenetics. Engages in translational and basic science research, presents findings at national meetings, and publishes work in well recognized scientific journals.
  • TEACHING (10%): Coordinates residents and fellows rotations. Prepare and present cases and findings at several departmental and multidisciplinary conferences.

For more information on the Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics Laboratory, please visit our webpage.

Fellowship Director

The position is intended for exceptional candidates with a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in biological sciences, who have excellent graduate training and a record of publications in immunology, molecular biology, HLA, and immunobiology. Technical experience in antibody testing, flow cytometry, cellular immunology, functional assays, molecular genetics, molecular immunology, and next-generation sequencing is highly desirable. Applicants may come from M.D. with residency in Pathology or Ph.D. in a biological science or related discipline for at least two years. Pathology resident applicants should have completed either a combined AP/CP residency or a CP residency. The applicant must be able to travel to Chicago for an interview if invited.

Commensurate with level of training.

Submit an application form, including all materials detailed on the form, to the Fellowship Coordinator Andre'a Wortham-Robinson ( and the Fellowship Director Dr. Susana Marino (

  • 2020-2021: Filled
  • 2021-2022: AVAILABLE
Fellows Fellowship Years Additional Training Post-Training Position
John J. Xin, MD PhD 2016-2018


Assistant Professor and Associate Director
Transplant Immunology Laboratory
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
Nicholas Brown, PhD 2014-2016


Assistant Professor and Assistant Director
Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics Laboratory
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Taba Kheradmand, PhD 2012-2014  

HLA Laboratory Director
Midwest Transplant Network
Westwood, KS

Zeying Du, MD PhD 2008-2010  

Assistant Professor and Director HLA Laboratory
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL