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Name: Mandy Ford, PhD
Speciality: Basic Science (transplantation immunology)
Graduated from: Emory University
Current Position: Associate Professor, Emory University
Current Projects: Regulation of memory T cells in transplantation 
What made you decide to work in transplantation? The mammalian immune system is (for the most part) remarkably effective at defending the host against a constant barrage of microbial invaders. Investigating ways to alter the process of recognition and response to foreign antigen in order to prevent allograft rejection—in effect to throw a monkey wrench in 500 million years of evolution—represents an especially intriguing challenge. 
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work? I am hopeful that my contribution to training the next generation of transplantation immunologists will be of value to our field and to transplant recipients.
Fun Fact: My first exposure to biology research was a summer spent with my father at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL when I was seven.