Dr. Ronald H. Kerman directs a clinical transplant immunology laboratory. Research interests are focused on determining the strength of transplant patient cellular and antibody immune responsiveness as it relates to immunologic rejection and graft loss. Studies are underway to determine the identity of HLA and non-HLA clinically relevant antibodies and their role in graft rejection. In addition, studies are being conducted to determine the immune response of patients receiving allogeneic stem cell infusions.
Dr. Kerman's bibliography currently includes 360 abstracts and presentations and nearly 200 published works, including 22 book chapters. Dr. Kerman held positions at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and the Stritch School of Medicine in Loyola University in Chicago before coming to Baylor College of Medicine in 1977 when the transplantation center opened. Immunology has flourished since Dr. Kerman first became interested in the specialty in 1964. The comprehensive range of services and quality of performance offered by the transplantation service place it among the world's top transplant immunology facilities.