About AST

Anita S. Chong, PhD

Speciality: 
Transplant Immunology
Graduated From: 
Australian National University
Current Position: 
Professor, University of Chicago
Current Projects: 
B cells in transplantation rejection and tolerance; Mechanisms of T cell tolerance to allografts and impact of infections.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?: 
The opportunity to collaborate with transplant surgeons at Rush Medical Center, when I was already an assistant professor working in cancer immunology, to test leflunomide (ARAVA®) in transplant and infection models
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?: 

Identifying questions from the clinic and developing models to address them, collaborations to develop new research directions

Fun Facts: 

One of six girls in my family; loves to eat Chinese food