Sarah Kogan Nicholas, MD
- Texas Medical Center
Baylor College of Medicine
|Baylor College of Medicine||fellowship||Pedi Allergy & Immunology||2012|
|Baylor College of Medicine||internship/residency||Pediatrics||2010|
|George Washington University||medical school||Doctor of Medicine||2007|
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 Institutes of Health. This ignited my interest in relating basic science and clinical practice; as a result, during medical school, I researched the molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in hospitalized infants at Children's National Medical Center. Clinical fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to diagnose and manage patients with primary immunodeficiency. In treating this population, I recognized that many patients with immunodeficiencies suffer and die due to lack of therapeutic options. This realization fueled my desire to pursue my current research, developing adoptive anti-viral T cell therapies for primary immunodeficiency patients. The project aims to provide a life saving treatment option to patients who would otherwise not survive their viral infections or tolerate bone marrow transplant. I have excellent support within my department from Dr Jordan Orange, Section Chief Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatology and in my collaboration with Dr Malcolm Brenner, Director Center for Cell and Gene Therapy. With their mentorship I will work toward establishing this innovative therapy as the standard of care for treatment of patients with primary immunodeficiency and improving their overall survival and outcomes.