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Jean Kwun, PhD

Assistant Professor in Surgery
Office: 362 Jones Building, 207 Research Dr, Durham, NC 27710

Research interests include humoral tolerance to organ transplants in animal model and humans, developing a clinically relevant animal model to study the mechanisms of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), and establishing a conceptual basis that will translate into therapeutic intervention of AMR.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

Publications

Song, Shengli, Miriam Manook, Jean Kwun, Annette M. Jackson, Stuart J. Knechtle, and Garnett Kelsoe. “A cell-based multiplex immunoassay platform using fluorescent protein-barcoded reporter cell lines.” Commun Biol 4, no. 1 (November 25, 2021): 1338. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02881-w.

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Schmitz, Robin, Zachary W. Fitch, Paul M. Schroder, Ashley Y. Choi, Miriam Manook, Janghoon Yoon, Mingqing Song, et al. “C3 complement inhibition prevents antibody-mediated rejection and prolongs renal allograft survival in sensitized non-human primates.” Nat Commun 12, no. 1 (September 15, 2021): 5456. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25745-7.

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Jelly, Evan T., Jean Kwun, Robin Schmitz, Alton B. Farris, Zachary A. Steelman, Debra L. Sudan, Stuart J. Knechtle, and Adam Wax. “Optical coherence tomography of small intestine allograft biopsies using a handheld surgical probe.” J Biomed Opt 26, no. 9 (September 2021). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.26.9.096008.

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Olaso, Danae, Miriam Manook, Dimitrios Moris, Stuart Knechtle, and Jean Kwun. “Optimal Immunosuppression Strategy in the Sensitized Kidney Transplant Recipient.” Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, no. 16 (August 18, 2021). https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10163656.

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Song, Shengli, Miriam Manook, Jean Kwun, Annette M. Jackson, Stuart J. Knechtle, and Garnett Kelsoe. “Allo-Specific Humoral Responses: New Methods for Screening Donor-Specific Antibody and Characterization of HLA-Specific Memory B Cells.” Front Immunol 12 (2021): 705140. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.705140.

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Anwar, Imran J., Annette M. Jackson, Jayme E. Locke, and Jean Kwun. “Editorial: Sensitization and Desensitization in Organ Transplantation.” Frontiers in Immunology 12 (January 2021): 784472. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.784472.

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Choi, Ashley Y., Miriam Manook, Danae Olaso, Brian Ezekian, Jaeberm Park, Kyle Freischlag, Annette Jackson, Stuart Knechtle, and Jean Kwun. “Emerging New Approaches in Desensitization: Targeted Therapies for HLA Sensitization.” Front Immunol 12 (2021): 694763. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.694763.

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Manook, Miriam, Walter J. Flores, Robin Schmitz, Zachary Fitch, Janghoon Yoon, Yeeun Bae, Brian Shaw, et al. “Measuring the Impact of Targeting FcRn-Mediated IgG Recycling on Donor-Specific Alloantibodies in a Sensitized NHP Model.” Front Immunol 12 (2021): 660900. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.660900.

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Schroder, Paul M., Robin Schmitz, Zachary W. Fitch, Brian Ezekian, Janghoon Yoon, Ashley Y. Choi, Miriam Manook, et al. “Preoperative carfilzomib and lulizumab based desensitization prolongs graft survival in a sensitized non-human primate model.” Kidney Int 99, no. 1 (January 2021): 161–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2020.08.020.

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Dangi, Anil, Naveen R. Natesh, Irma Husain, Zhicheng Ji, Laura Barisoni, Jean Kwun, Xiling Shen, Edward B. Thorp, and Xunrong Luo. “Single cell transcriptomics of mouse kidney transplants reveals a myeloid cell pathway for transplant rejection.” Jci Insight 5, no. 20 (October 15, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1172/jci.insight.141321.

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