Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

(2016-2018) - MENTOR: Ankit Bharat, MD

Dr. Fernandez' research is primarily focused on the role of autoimmunity in lung transplantation. Under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Ankit Bharat, Dr. Fernandez is studying the mechanisms by which lung recipients develop autoantibodies to self antigens expressed in the lung. These non-HLA antibodies have been linked to Primary Graft Dysfunction (PGD) and chronic rejection in lung allografts. Hence, we are also studying how these antibodies may promote development of primary graft dysfunction and chronic rejection in a mouse model of lung transplantation. Dr. Fernandez is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University.


Fernandez R, Chiu S, Raparia K, Garcha P, Farver C, Budev M, Tambur AR, DeCamp MM, Budinger S, Perlman H, Mohanakumar T, Bharat A. Humoral Human Lung Allograft Rejection by Tissue-Restricted Non-HLA Antibodies. Ann Thorac Surg.  In press.

Fernandez R, Bharat A. Pleural gas analysis for the identification of alveolopleural fistulae. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2016 Apr; Epub ahead of print.

Fernandez R, Chiu S, Kreisel D, Budinger GR, Perlman H, Sun H, DeCamp M, Mohanakumar T, Bharat A. Lung injury combined with loss of regulatory T cells leads to de novo lung-restricted autoimmunity. J Immunol. In press.

Fernandez R, Pappas SG, Bentrem DJ. Clinical features of metastatic hepatic malignancies. Ch. 9, Gastrointestinal Malignancies. Springer. In press.