Transplantation and Transplantation Direct

The Transplantation Group has started a new initiative to involve younger clinicians and scientists in editing scientific publications. We were flooded with excellent applicants and have appointed four Transplantation Journals’ Fellows to internships with the editorial team.

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Adler, Dr. Karen Keung, Dr. Peri Kocabayoglu, and Dr. Andrea Schlegel, all of whom will work with the editorial team to bring new ideas and new energies to the journal. Our thanks to all who applied and we look forward to incorporating new directions and improvements for both Transplantation and Transplantation Direct.  

Joel is currently a chief resident in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA). He will begin a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA) in August 2017. His research involves organ allocation policy, long-term outcomes after living kidney and liver donation, and the role of geography and economics in access to transplant care. He is also interested in the role of social media in disseminating research and policy and can be found on Twitter @joeladler.

Karen developed a strong interest in transplant medicine during her clinical nephrology training at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Clinical patient care is her passion, but her curiosity towards science in transplantation spurred her onto a full time PhD after she completed her fellowship in 2015, under the supervision of Philip O’Connell and Germaine Wong. Recently she spent a year in New York collaborating with Barbara Murphy’s team at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her current focus is on molecules identified from large scale transcriptome expression profiling studies and their role in causing/ predicting allograft injury.

Peri graduated magna cum laude as a medical doctor from the University of Duisburg-Essen Medical School, Germany, in 2007, after which she commenced her surgical training at the Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital Essen. She was awarded a research fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and completed her postdoctoral training from 2010-2013 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, USA, investigating the role of Hepatic Stellate Cells during liver regeneration and cancer. Her main areas of research are organ preservation through machine perfusion as well as the contribution of non-parenchymal cells to tumor recurrence following liver transplantation.

Following her medical degree, Andrea obtained training from the surgical Department of Prof. Pierre-Alain Clavien at University Hospital Zurich. Here her personal commitment to an academic career in the field of transplantation surgery emerged. Her research focus is on organ allocation and the development of new preservation techniques. Since 2016, she has been working as a Senior Clinical Fellow in liver transplantation and HPB surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK.