Stalinraja Maruthamuthu


I am a post-doctoral research Scholar at the UCSF Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory (ITL). For the past 12 years, I am studying the role of NK cells in innate and adaptive immune responses. During my PhD, I have studied the NK cell receptor diversity in the Southern Indian population and revealed the protective role of NK cell receptor KIR in HIV disease progression. Here at UCSF, I am further unraveling the role of NK cell receptors in kidney graft rejection. Specifically, KIR and the absence of its ligand HLA and FcR triggered chronic antibody-mediated rejection. The main theme of my research is to study the influence of host immunogenetic factors against infectious diseases and transplanted organs through molecular and cellular biological approaches.