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.

Current research studies:



Heart Transplant Research

Lung Transplant Research

Kidney Transplant Research

Liver Transplant Research

Islet Transplant Research

Research Grants

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
  • 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
  • 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 - Type I NKT cell mediated enhance of CD8+ Cytolytic T cells, 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
  • Ginny Bumgardner MD, PhD - Novel mechanisms regulating post-transplant alloantibody productions, 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2022
  • Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD - Preservation and rescue of the lung donor allograft for transplantation, NIH RO1, 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
  • Peter H.U. Lee, MD, PhD, MHA - Tissue-engineered skeletal muscle delivering a myokine protein (rhMG53) to treat volumetric muscle loss, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, KO8, 9/1/2018 - 8/31/2021, $561,168
Recently completed grants:
  •  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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