About AST

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Name: Olivia Martinez, PhD
Speciality: Transplant Immunology
Graduated from: UC Berkeley
Current Position: Professor, Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director, Graduate Program in Immunology
Current Projects: Mechanisms of EBV pathogenesis in PTLD; genomic diversity of EBV; development of new therapeutics for PTLD; understanding the immune response to stem cell derived grafts.
What made you decide to work in transplantation? The complexity and challenge of understanding the immune response to the allograft and the potential to contribute new knowledge that could improve outcomes for transplant recipients.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work? I find working with students and trainees very inspiring and rewarding but also love being part of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative transplant team.
Fun Fact: I was trained in classical piano but in graduate school I was the drummer in a punk rock band.