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Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, DCH

Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, DCH

Professor in Residence, Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics
Professor (Adj), Stanford University, UC Berkeley
Director, Precision Transplant Medicine, UCSF
Co-Director, T32 Training Grant, Transplant Surgery, UCSF

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  • La Martiniere, Calcutta, India, English Language and Literature, I.S.C.,1981
  • Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India, M.D.,1985
  • Diploma in Child Health (D.C.H.), London, UK, with distinction 1989
  • Cambridge University, U.K, Ph.D.,1995
  • Residency (Medicine and Surgery), Calcutta Medical College, India, 06/1986-06/1987
  • Senior House Officer (Pediatrics and Surgery), Calcutta Medical College, India. Advisors: Sir Keith Peters, Sir Cyril Chantler and Sydney Brenner, 06/1987-02/1988
  • Senior House Officer, General Pediatrics & Neonates, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK, 02/-07/1989
  • Senior House Officer, General Pediatrics & Neonates, Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Granthan (GKGH), UK, 03/1988-02/1989
  • Senior House Officer, Neonatology, Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI), Leicester, UK, 08/-11/1989
  • Senior House Officer, General Pediatrics & Neonates, Leicester General Hosp. (LGH), Leicester, UK, 12/89- 03/90
  • Registrar, Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit, Groby Road Hospital, (GRH), Leicester, UK, 04/90-07/90
  • Senior House Officer, Pediatric Nephrology Unit, Guy's Hospital, London, UK, 08/90-10/90
  • Lecturer/Registrar, Pediatric Unit, Guy's Hospital, London, UK, 10/90-09/91
  • Lecturer/Senior Registrar,  Pediatric Nephrology, Dept. of Pediatrics, Guy's Hospital, London, U.K., 10/92-07/95
  • Fellowship in Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, 10/91-09/92
  • Ph.D., Molecular Genetics Unit, Christs College, Cambridge University, 10/92-12/95 
  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cystinosis
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Kidney Transplant Clinical Trials
  • Methylmalonic acidemia
  • Oxalosis
  • Pediatric Bone and Mineral Disorders
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
  • Pediatric Transplant Nephrology
  • Transplant Immunology
  • Genomics
  • Antibiomics
  • GVHD
  • Hepatitis B, C and HIV
  • Metabolomics
  • Organ diseases
  • Proteomics
  • Transplant immunobiology of rejection and tolerance
  • Hindi, Punjab

Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, DCH is professor of Surgery, director of the Sarwal Lab, and Precision Transplant Medicine at UCSF. Sarwal is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the fields of renal and transplant medicine, genomics, proteomics and immunology. She as a deep passion for improving the health of organ transplant recipients by discovering new treatments and investigative approaches for improving outcomes. Prior to joining UCSF, Sarwal was Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology at Stanford University, Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and Director of the Sarwal Lab.

Sarwal received her M.D. from Calcutta Medical College in India, completed her residency in the UK, and a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Guy's Hospital, London, UK. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Cambridge University (Christ's College) where she worked with Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner on the synthetic mapping of human and puffer fish G proteins. Sarwal also holds a Diploma in Child Health from London, UK, and membership in the Royal College of Physicians, UK (MRCP). In 2009, she was formally elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of medicine.

Sarwal is a member of numerous national and international societies including the ASN, IPTA, AST, TTS, and IPNA. She has served as Associate Editor of American Journal of Transplantation and as a reviewer for Lancet, Nature Medicine, NEJM, Transplantation, Nature Genetics, PNAS, Kidney International and other prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Sarwal has also been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Order of Excellence in Scientific Research (Cambridge, UK, 2002), the Dean's Teaching Award (2005), the Junior Faculty Award from the CCIS (2003-6), a Key Opinion Leader in Organ Transplantation by the Transplantation Society (2007-2009), an elected Senator at Large for the Stanford Faculty Senate (2005-10), the TTS-Roche Award for Outstanding Achievement Transplantation Science (Clinical; 2010), and the Cunio Richardson NKF Award for Scientific Excellence (2012).

  • Councillor, The Transplantation Society, 2014
  • Cunio Richardson Award for Clinical and Research Excellence, The National Kidney Foundation, 2012
  • TTS-Roche Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation Science (Clinical), The Transplantation Society, 2010
  • KOL in Organ Transplantation, The Transplantation Society, 2007-2010
  • Senator At Large, Stanford University Faculty Senate, Stanford University, USA, 2005-2010
  • Deans Award for Resident Education, Stanford University, USA, 2005
  • Faculty Development Award, CCIS, Stanford University, USA, 2003-2006
  • Order of Excellence, Cambridge University, UK, 2002
  • NKF Fellowship, National Kidney Foundation, UK, 1993-1995
  • MRC Fellowship, Medical Research Council, UK, 1991-1992
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As principal Investigator on numerous multicenter clinical trials, both industry and institutional, Sarwal has developed extensive expertise in the design and execution of clinical studies. While at Stanford, Sarwal conducted the first successful U.S. steroid avoidance trial and the first dosing safety trial for Rituximab in pediatric renal transplantation.

In 2009, Sarwal founded, Organ-i, a Stanford University spin-out to develop and commercialize her pioneering work. Organ-i leveraged 15 years of research and over $20M in NIH grants. The company's goal is to improve the clinical management of transplant patients globally by commericializing non-invasive tests to monitor and predict organ health for transplant recipients.

Sarwal is credited with the introduction of (k-SORT), a Kidney Solid Organ Rejection Test, the company's lead product, as well as a pipeline of molecular assays focused on post-transplant rejection monitoring and allograft tolerance. In June 2014. Immucor, Inc., a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics, announced the acquisition of Organ-i and retained Sarwal as a scientific advisory role to advance the Organ-i pipeline.

NIH Grants

Mapping Immune Responses to CMV in Renal Transplant Recipients
NIH/NIAIDU19AI128913Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2022
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

CD40 autoantibody and FSGS recurrence
NIH/NIDDKR01DK109720Apr 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2022
Role: Principal Investigator

Drug Repositioning in Diabetic Nephropathy
NIH/NCATSR21TR001761Sep 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Filling a Void of Research (FAVOR) Training for Transplant Surgeons
NIH/NIAIDT32AI125222Aug 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Urinary Proteome Monitoring for Transplant Injury
NIH/NIDDKR01DK083447Aug 23, 2010 - Jul 31, 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Gene and Cytokine Expression in Tolerance and GVHD
NIH/NIAIDR01AI085024Sep 25, 2009 - Aug 31, 2014
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Transplant injury biology and monitoring by urine proteomics
NIH/NIDDKR56DK083447Jul 1, 2009 - Aug 31, 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Novel Urinary Proteomic Biomarkers for Acute Renal Transplant Rejection
NIH/NIAIDR21AI075256Jun 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011
Role: Principal Investigator

Defining Biomarkers in Pediatric Renal Transplantation
NIH/NIAIDR01AI061739Jun 1, 2004 - May 31, 2009
Role: Principal Investigator

A Proteomics Research Resource for Integrative Biology
NIHP41RR018522Sep 15, 2003 - Jun 30, 2013
Role: Co-Investigator

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