Juan S. Danobeitia, MD
I arrived to Wisconsin in 2007 from my hometown Bogota, Colombia, where I obtained my medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. I joined the Fernandez laboratory as a research fellow with the objective of training in the emerging field of islet transplantation and this experience motivated me to become a physician-scientist so I decided to pursue a doctorate in the Biomedical Sciences. My graduate research involved the study of immunobiology of organ transplantation with a particular focus on innate immunity and inflammation during organ donation. I am interested in pursuing a career in academic surgery and started my general surgery training at the University of Wisconsin in 2014. After completing the first two years of clinical training I returned to the Fernandez Laboratory for post-doctoral research training where with the support of the Transplant Division T32 grant and the American Society of Transplantation Surgeons Scientist Scholarship I plan to study the role of macrophage differentiation in the context of renal transplantation and continue to investigate how innate immunity regulates adaptive immune responses in transplant recipients. The objective of our current research is to develop rapidly translatable therapeutic strategies for the treatment of organ donors that may have the potential to improve organ quality, increase graft longevity and reduce/eliminate the need for life-long immunosuppression.