Dr Baxter-Lowe's research involves characterizing HLA polymorphism and determining its relevance in transplantation and human disease. In recent years she has been investigating the role of HLA antibodies in transplantation of solid organs and hematopoietic stem cells. Her laboratory has supported numerous single and multicenter clinical trials in transplantation and has been a core laboratory for the NIH Immune Tolerance Network. Her research has been reported in more than 125 scientific publications.
Dr. Baxter-Lowe has also served as a clinical histocompatibility laboratory director and in this capacity has been involved in advancing histocompatibility testing and its clinical application. She has had a long-standing commitment to policy development and is currently serving as Chair of the Histocompatibility Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and is the facilitator for the Histocompatibility Workgroup for the 2012 National Consensus Conference on Kidney Paired Donation (KPD). She has served as a member or chair of numerous national and international committees in this field.
Baxter-Lowe LA, Kucheryavaya A, Tyan D, Reinsmoen N. CPRA for allocation of kidneys in the US: More candidates =98% CPRA, lower positive crossmatch rates and improved transplant rates for sensitized patients. Hum Immunol. 2016 May; 77(5):395-402. View in: PubMed
Eapen M, Klein JP, Ruggeri A, Spellman S, Lee SJ, Anasetti C, Arcese W, Barker JN, Baxter-Lowe LA, Brown M, Fernandez-Vina MA, Freeman J, He W, Iori AP, Horowitz MM, Locatelli F, Marino S, Maiers M, Michel G, Sanz GF, Gluckman E, Rocha V. Impact of allele-level HLA matching on outcomes after myeloablative single unit umbilical cord blood transplantation for hematologic malignancy. Blood. 2014 Jan 02; 123(1):133-40. View in: PubMed
Pidala J, Wang T, Haagenson M, Spellman SR, Askar M, Battiwalla M, Baxter-Lowe LA, Bitan M, Fernandez-Viña M, Gandhi M, Jakubowski AA, Maiers M, Marino SR, Marsh SG, Oudshoorn M, Palmer J, Prasad VK, Reddy V, Ringden O, Saber W, Santarone S, Schultz KR, Setterholm M, Trachtenberg E, Turner EV, Woolfrey AE, Lee SJ, Anasetti C. Amino acid substitution at peptide-binding pockets of HLA class I molecules increases risk of severe acute GVHD and mortality. Blood. 2013 Nov 21; 122(22):3651-8. View in: PubMed
Rocha V, Spellman S, Zhang MJ, Ruggeri A, Purtill D, Brady C, Baxter-Lowe LA, Baudoux E, Bergamaschi P, Chow R, Freed B, Koegler G, Kurtzberg J, Larghero J, Lecchi L, Nagler A, Navarrette C, Prasad V, Pouthier F, Price T, Ratanatharathorn V, van Rood JJ, Horowitz MM, Gluckman E, Eapen M. Effect of HLA-matching recipients to donor noninherited maternal antigens on outcomes after mismatched umbilical cord blood transplantation for hematologic malignancy. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 Dec; 18(12):1890-6. View in: PubMed
Spellman S, Klein J, Haagenson M, Askar M, Baxter-Lowe LA, He J, Hsu S, Blasczyk R, Hurley C. Scoring HLA class I mismatches by HistoCheck does not predict clinical outcome in unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 May; 18(5):739-46. View in: PubMed
Wojciechowski D, Hirose R, Stock P, Vincenti F, Baxter-Lowe LA, Salvatierra O. Kidney transplantation at UCSF: 8,300 transplants and onward. Clin Transpl. 2010; 161-7. View in: PubMed
Kurtzberg J, Prasad VK, Carter SL, Wagner JE, Baxter-Lowe LA, Wall D, Kapoor N, Guinan EC, Feig SA, Wagner EL, Kernan NA. Results of the Cord Blood Transplantation Study (COBLT): clinical outcomes of unrelated donor umbilical cord blood transplantation in pediatric patients with hematologic malignancies. Blood. 2008 Nov 15; 112(10):4318-27. View in: PubMed
Lee SJ, Klein J, Haagenson M, Baxter-Lowe LA, Confer DL, Eapen M, Fernandez-Vina M, Flomenberg N, Horowitz M, Hurley CK, Noreen H, Oudshoorn M, Petersdorf E, Setterholm M, Spellman S, Weisdorf D, Williams TM, Anasetti C. High-resolution donor-recipient HLA matching contributes to the success of unrelated donor marrow transplantation. Blood. 2007 Dec 15; 110(13):4576-83. View in: PubMed
Hurley CK, Fernandez-Vina M, Hildebrand WH, Noreen HJ, Trachtenberg E, Williams TM, Baxter-Lowe LA, Begovich AB, Petersdorf E, Selvakumar A, Stastny P, Hegland J, Hartzman RJ, Carston M, Gandham S, Kollman C, Nelson G, Spellman S, Setterholm M. A high degree of HLA disparity arises from limited allelic diversity: analysis of 1775 unrelated bone marrow transplant donor-recipient pairs. Hum Immunol. 2007 Jan; 68(1):30-40. View in: PubMed
Flomenberg N, Baxter-Lowe LA, Confer D, Fernandez-Vina M, Filipovich A, Horowitz M, Hurley C, Kollman C, Anasetti C, Noreen H, Begovich A, Hildebrand W, Petersdorf E, Schmeckpeper B, Setterholm M, Trachtenberg E, Williams T, Yunis E, Weisdorf D. Impact of HLA class I and class II high-resolution matching on outcomes of unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation: HLA-C mismatching is associated with a strong adverse effect on transplantation outcome. Blood. 2004 Oct 01; 104(7):1923-30. View in: PubMed