Luis Hidalgo, PhD, D(ABHI)

Associate Professor

  • Histocompatibility Lab Director
  • Division of Transplantation
(608) 265-0428


  • PhD, Immunology, University of Alberta, 2005
  • Diplomate - American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, 2012

Research Interests

The focus of my research laboratory aims at elucidating the various mechanisms used by the human immune system to damage transplanted organs with specific focus on antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR). The immunologic understanding of ABMR that we have thus far identified points to a limited number of players. These players include donor-specific antibodies (DSA) (primarily targeting HLA), endothelial cell targets, and NK cell and monocyte effector cells working in concert to maximize their damage.

The laboratory’s projects are therefore split into two principal areas: immune effector cells in ABMR, and endothelial cell biology. The immune effector projects have a strong focus on assessing immune function of NK cells and monocytes particularly as it relates to activation through their Fc-gamma receptors. Endothelial cell studies relate to endothelial susceptibility to immune damage in ABMR and regulation of HLA surface expression. Findings within either of these areas have clinical implications as all of our studies are based on human immunology using primary cells. Our ultimate goal is to identify donor and recipient characteristics that define immunologic risk beyond the limited characteristics currently used.

Recent Publications

  • The Utility of Donor Specific Antibody Monitoring and the Role of Kidney Biopsy in Simultaneous Liver and Kidney recipients with denovo Donor Specific Antibodies.
    Parajuli S, Aziz F, Blazel J, Muth BL, Garg N, Mohamed M, Rice J, Mezrich JD, Hidalgo LG, Mandelbrot D
    Transplantation 2020 Jul 22;
    [PubMed ID: 32732618]

  • Third-party vessel allografts in kidney and pancreas transplantation: Utilization, de novo DSAs, and outcomes.
    Garg N, Hidalgo LG, Ellis TM, Redfield RR, Parajuli S, Mezrich JD, Kaufman DB, Astor BC, Djamali A, Mandelbrot DA
    Am. J. Transplant. 2020 May 13;
    [PubMed ID: 32402138]

  • Polyomavirus and cytomegalovirus infections are risk factors for grafts loss in simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant.
    Aziz F, Jorgenson MR, Parajuli S, Zhong W, Hidalgo LG, Djamali A, Mandelbrot D, Odorico J, Sollinger H, Astor BC, Mohamed MA
    Transpl Infect Dis 2020 Jun; 22(3): e13272
    [PubMed ID: 32112710]

  • An in vitro model of antibody-mediated injury to glomerular endothelial cells: Upregulation of MHC class II and adhesion molecules.
    Wilson NA, Dylewski J, Degner KR, O'Neill MA, Reese SR, Hidalgo LG, Blaine J, Panzer SE
    Transpl. Immunol. 2020 02; 58: 101261
    [PubMed ID: 31887408]

  • Preformed Donor-specific Antibodies Against HLA Class II and Graft Outcomes in Deceased-donor Kidney Transplantation.
    Uffing A, Hidalgo LG, McMullan C, Perry J, Milford EL, Murakami N, Yeung MY, Guleria I, Wood IG, Akalin E, Azzi J, Chandraker AK, Riella LV
    Transplant Direct 2019 May; 5(5): e446
    [PubMed ID: 31165081]

All Publications on PubMed