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Anita S. Chong, Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Section of Transplantation
Department of Surgery
The University of Chicago

I have been involved in the field of transplantation immunology for approximately 20 years. My entry into this area of research was initiated by my interest in developing an immunosuppressant, leflunomide, in the context of pre-clinical transplant models of allo and xeno transplantation at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. I moved to the University of Chicago in 2008, and am currently a Professor in the Section of Transplantation, Department of Surgery as well as a member of the Committee on Immunology. My primary research interest is in transplant immunology, focused on the impact of bacterial infections on transplantation tolerance and the role of B cells in rejection and tolerance. While most of my work has been in rodent models, more recently, my lab has begun studies investigating the role of B cells in rejection and the impact of immunosuppression of the activation and differentiation of B cells in transplant patients. We have also collaborative projects investigating the role of adaptive immunity in Staphylococcus infections in mice and humans, and developing new vaccine strategies for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections (MRSA). Many of these studies are being performed in collaboration with investigators at the University of Chicago.

I have one 12 year-old daughter, and am always trying to balance between work obligations and demands and home life. I am currently a standing member of the National Institutes of Health grant review committee, the Co-chair of the Basic Science committee at the Transplantation Society, and serve on the promotions and tenure committee at the University of Chicago. I keep to the philosophy to try my very best in everything I take on, but to be selective at what I do take on so that I am not overwhelmed at work and still have time to spend hanging out with my daughter. I know as a fact that I cannot survive this career path by working in isolation, and that a key to success is to find collaborators and mentors that can help me develop professionally. As a mentor, I can provide advice and humor based on my experience in this field and in how I balanced career and life obligations.