Our Team

Faculty and staff of the Center for Human Immunobiology include cutting-edge experimental immunologists, scientific support staff, and expert clinicians focused in clinical immunology. The team will integrate with existing clinical services to be able to advance new mechanistic understanding of the human immune system.

Center Director

Kristy O. Murray, DVM, PhD



Leadership Team

Kristy O. Murray, DVM, PhD





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Alexandre F. Carisey, PhD



Dr. Lisa Forbes is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.  She is also the Medical Director for the Texas Children’s Center for Human Immunobiology.  Dr. Forbes specializes in treating... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-1319
Dr. Vogel is a native of Southern California, where she played college basketball at Claremont McKenna College.  During her graduate studies in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago she worked on the development of CD8 T cell memory.  She subsequently completed a... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-1319

Center Admin Staff

Rebecca Berry



Walter Coreas



Ruth Herrera



Jackie Nguyen



Center Faculty

Dr. Sara Anvari, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Anvari treats patients with food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy and immune... Read more

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Maria Bettini, PhD



Matt Bettini, PhD



Dr. Davis is a specialist in the Allergy and Immunology Section of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Duke University in 1997. After finishing a three year residency program in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-1319


Address: 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1030.08 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-3320
I subscribe to the school of thought that diagnosis and treatment of patients should be based upon objective data. Today, people too quickly believe everything that they "research" from the internet, media, friends or relatives, and so forth. I do not treat patients from anecdotal reports. My care... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center - 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: West Campus - 18200 Katy Freeway Suite WA460 - 4th Floor Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-1319 (Main) | 832-227-2280 (West)
Dr. Jenny Despotovic is Director of the Immune Hematology Program. Her clinical interests include: immunohematology, immune cytopenias, neonatal hematology, and platelet disorders. She is the editor of a new textbook, “Immune Hematology: Diagnosis and Management of Autoimmune Cytopenias,” to be... Read more

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Phone: 832-822-4302
Andrew DiNardo



Dr. Jonathan Flanagan is an Assistant Professor at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. Visit his profile on BCM.edu

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Phone: 832-824-4628
Sarah Gunter, PhD



I'm trained Internal Medicine as well as Allergy and Immunology. I have launched the transition program for adolescents and young adults with primary immunodeficiency disorders at Texas Children's Hospital to transition those individuals into adult care. My clinical interest is in primary... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-1319
Future advances in the field of infectious diseases will be based on an improved understanding of host-pathogen interactions. The host immune system can be viewed as a product of hematopoietic stem cells that reside in the bone marrow. My research is focused on how the composition of the immune... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-4330
Job Lopez



Kristy O. Murray, DVM, PhD



I am a pediatric rheumatologist with a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Research whose activities include patient care, fellowship education, and clinical research. My research interests include neurologic manifestation of systemic autoimmune disorders (primarily SLE, APS, vasculitis, and... Read more

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Dr. Mysore’s clinical and research interests are in pediatric liver diseases and transplantation. She actively collaborates with divisions of Immunology and Infectious disease at Texas Children’s Hospital to study Immune mechanisms in liver transplantation. Her laboratory research is in T cell... Read more

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Phone: 832-822-3131
Christy Nance, PhD



Sara Nandiwada, PhD, D(ABMLI)



My goal is to pursue a lifelong career in academic medicine. I have dedicated my career, thus far, to learning and researching the functions of the immune system and its implications on human disease. I spent a year working with Dr Joshua Farber investigating CXCR3 chemokines at the National... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-1319
I want to see children and adults with primary immunodeficiency lead vital, high quality lives.  Patients with allergic and immunologic conditions should be able to realize their goals to the fullest extent possible.  Towards this, my focus is on early diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency disease... Read more

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Shannon Ronca, PhD



Dr. Sartain specializes in the care of patients with hematologic disorders, particularly focusing on disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis (bleeding and clotting).  She sees patients in the outpatient clinic and attends on the inpatient service at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sartain is board... Read more

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Dr. Lisa Forbes is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.  She is also the Medical Director for the Texas Children’s Center for Human Immunobiology.  Dr. Forbes specializes in treating... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-1319
Dr. Vivien Sheehan is a pediatric and adult hematologist specializing in sickle cell disease (SCD). Her clinical interests include: sickle cell disease, the treatment of hemoglobin in patients with sickle cell disease, and transitioning chronically ill pediatric patients to adult subspecialty care... Read more

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Phone: 832-822-4459
Venée N. Tubman, MD, MMSc
She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology.

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Dr. Vogel is a native of Southern California, where she played college basketball at Claremont McKenna College.  During her graduate studies in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago she worked on the development of CD8 T cell memory.  She subsequently completed a... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 11th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-1319
Levi B. Watkin



Jill Weatherhead



Dr. Wenderfer treats children of all ages with any form of kidney disease. This includes acute and chronic kidney diseases, genetic kidney diseases, protein or blood in the urine, nephrotic syndrome, and hypertension. His expertise is in treating inflammatory kidney diseases, such as... Read more

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Phone: 832-824-3800


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