The research we perform at the Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center covers basic, translational and clinical, with the goal of developing the next generation of surgical innovation. What we learn at the bench we apply to the bedside.

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Research Opportunities in the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Ohio State

Study Finds Immune Cell That Predicts Risk of Organ Rejection In Transplant Patients

Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Clinical Trial

Islet Transplantation Clinical Trial May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Current Research Studies

Current Research Studies


Heart Transplant Research

Lung Transplant Research

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Kidney Transplant Research

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Liver Transplant Research

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Islet Transplant Research

Active Research Grants

Active and pending grants

  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD – Advanced research training in immunology for surgery trainees (ARTIST), National Institutes of Health (NIH, NIAID), 8/1/2019 - 7/31/2024, $1,600,000
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD – NIH RO1 grant investigating a novel cellular therapy to prevent and treat acute antibody mediated kidney transplant rejection - 7/2019 - 7/2024, $2,686,090
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD – TL1 NIH grant advancing today's discoveries to improve health - 6/2019 - 5/2020, $258,712
  • Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD – NIH RO1 grant investigating preservation and rescue of the lung donor allograft for transplantation, 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2023, $3,472,273
  • Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD – Developing MG53 as a novel protein therapeutic for acute lung injury, Department of Defense, 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021, $3,696,579
  • Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD and Sylvester Black, MD, PhD - Accelerator Award, $150,000
  • Sylvester Black, MD, PhD – Muscle-liver crosstalk via the myokine MG53 plays a critical role in hepatocellular protection, NIH RO1 NIDDK, 3/1/2020 - 3/1/2025, $3,200,000 read more
  • Austin Schenk, MD, PhD – TCR repertoire, specificity, and the endothelial barrier in allograft rejection and tolerance, American Heart Association Career Development Award, 4/1/2019 -3/31/2022, $231,000

Recently completed grants

  • Sylvester Black, MD, PhD - Hepatic Stellate Cell Mediation of Ischemia Reperfusion Injury in Liver Transplantation, The Ohio State University Department of Surgery Faculty Development Grant, 1/2017 - 1/2019, $25,000 per year for two years
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD - Advanced research training in immunology for surgery trainees (ARTIST), National Institutes of Health (NIH, NIAID), 8/15/2014 - 7/31/2019, $728,445
  • Jason Zimmerer PhD, Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD - DOS Lockwood Early Career Development Award, Investigation of Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms, T Cell Profiles and Alloantibody Levels and Isotypes from Peripheral Blood in Primary Kidney Transplant Patients, 11/5/2014 - 11/5/2017, $25,000
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD - Novel mechanisms regulating post-transplant alloantibody productions, NIH RO1, 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2016, $1,527,967
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD - Demographic and Clinical Factors and Transplant Outcomes Associated with Hospital Readmissions within the First Year after Kidney Transplantation in Adult Recipients, OSU Comprehensive Transplant Center, 05/30/2015 - 12/30/2016  

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