Areas of Research

LFKRI Continues at the Forefront of Blood Disease Research

As one of the preeminent research institutes devoted to blood disease research, LFKRI’s pioneering investigators have a remarkable depth of experience and expertise in their fields and their research programs are supported with funding from federal, state and industrial sources.

Transfusion Medicine

Developing new molecular approaches and tools to advance safer transfusions

  • Beth Shaz - Clinical and Translational Transfusion Medicine-hemovigilance, transfusion management and next generation blood products
  • Eric Senaldi - Clinical Transfusion-apheresis and platelet transfusions
  • Connie Westhoff - Immunohematology and Genomics-blood group biology and novel diagnostic products
  • Karina Yazdanbakhsh - Transfusion Immunology and Platelet Autoimmunity-alloimmunization , immune cytopenias


Elucidating molecular and cellular basis of hematological disorders

  • Mohandas Narla - Experimental Hematology-red blood cell physiology and production
  • Xiuli An - Molecular Hematology-erythropoiesis and red cell disorders
  • Bruce Sachais - Translational Hematology-Pathobiology of platelets and platelet molecules
  • Patricia Shi - Clinical Hematology- gene therapy and novel therapeutics for Sickle Cell Disease

Infectious Diseases

Discovering new vaccines and prevention strategies against infectious diseases

  • Asim Debnath - Molecular Modeling and Drug Design-small molecule HIV inhibitors
  • Shibo Jiang - Viral Immunology- anti-viral therapeutic agents: HIV, influenza, MERS, SARS
  • Lanying Du - Experimental Virology-Coronavirus and Zika diagnostics and prevention
  • Cheryl Lobo - Experimental Parasitology-host-parasite interactions: Malaria and Babesia
  • Sara Lustigman - Parasite Biology and Vaccinology-River Blindness and Elephantitis


Cell Therapy

Defining the utility of stem cells in transplantation and regenerative medicine

  • Rona Weinberg - Immunotherapeutics-cell product manufacturing
  • Pablo Rubinstein - Cord Blood banking and Transplantation- hematopoietic cord blood banking and transplantation
  • Andromachi Scaradavou - Clinical Transplantation-hematopoietic cord blood cells