Dianne De Santis

PathWest, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Dr. Dianne De Santis is a Senior Medical Scientist-in-Charge, at the Department of Clinical Immunology, PathWest, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Australia. She completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia investigating the role of Killer Immunoglobulin-like receptors in Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). She is currently in charge of the HSCT donor search program in Perth, Australia and is responsible for developing new technologies to improve HLA typing methods used in solid organ and HSCT matching algorithms. Dianne and her team were the first to publish a novel high resolution HLA typing method utilising single molecule sequencing on the Oxford Nanopore platform for deceased organ donor allocation. This method has been implemented and is ASHI accredited and is performed in 4 hours during deceased organ donor workup. This technology is also currently being validated for high throughput sequencing for HSCT matching. I currently serve as a sub-editor for the journal 'HLA' and am a councillor on the Asia-Pacific Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association and International Histocompatibility Workshop committees. I am co-chair on the 'HLA-DP Haplotype' component of the 18th International Histocompatibility Workshop.