Mandy L. Ford, PhD

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Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Scientific Director
Emory Transplant Center
Director of Admissions, Graduate Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Emory University
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics

Biography

Mandy L. Ford, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Transplantation of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Ford was appointed scientific director of the Emory Transplant Center.

Dr. Ford is a mentor in The Transplantation Society, Women in Transplantation Mentoring Scheme and is Chair of the American Society of Transplantation, Community of Basic Scientists. She also holds memberships in American Association of Immunologists and the Transplantation and Immunology Network, Leadership Committee.

Education

Dr. Ford received her PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory Transplant Center.

Research

Dr. Ford is a leading researcher in the study of the cellular mechanisms of T cell responses in transplantation and immunosuppression, and her work is funded by various federal, foundation, and industry grant awards. She was a vital member of the Emory research team led by Dr. Christian Larsen and Dr. Thomas Pearson that helped develop belatacept as a successful new class of immunosuppressant. The sophisticated research strategies and techniques she brought to the research team were integral to the team's success in showing that belatacept could provide patients with a less toxic treatment and a better chance for long-term function and survival of the transplanted organ.

Dr. Ford's current portfolio includes two NIH R01-funded collaborative studies with Emory surgical critical care surgeon-scientist Dr. Craig Coopersmith: one is examining the interplay between cancer and sepsis; the other is investigating the impact of chronic alcohol abuse on the pathophysiology of sepsis.

Publications

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Awards

Dr. Ford has received the following awards and honors:

  • American Society of Transplantation Achievement Award, 2014
  • American Society of Transplantation Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • Emory University Research Council Award, 2008
  • Emory University Surgery Research Symposium Award, 2007
  • American Society of Transplantation Young Investigator Award, 2007
  • Emory University Surgery Research Symposium Award, 2005
  • NIH National Research Service Award, 2004-2007
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