Dr. Reed is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Endowed Chair in Diagnostic Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She directs the UCLA Immunogenetics Center one of the foremost centers for research and clinical immunogenetics assessment in organ transplantation in the world. Her research focuses on mechanisms of antibody-mediated allograft rejection and assessment of alloimmunity and immunity to infectious diseases. As one of the pioneers in the field of antibody-mediated rejection, her work recognizing humoral immunity as a mechanism of transplant rejection was transformative for the field, and she has translated many of her findings into diagnostic tests and clinical practice. Her work has delineated signaling pathways leading to anti-HLA antibody mediated endothelial cell activation/proliferation and leukocyte recruitment, providing the opportunity for development of therapeutic strategies. In recognition of her scientific contributions, Dr. Reed received the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 2012 Rose Payne Award, 2017 Paul I. Terasaki Clinical Science Award, the 2017 I3T Research Excellence Award at UCLA, and the TTS 2020 Woman Leader in Transplantation Award.
Dr. Reed has been a mentor and inspirational role model for a multitude of clinicians, scientists, and clinician-scientists by providing training and career development. She contributed significantly to the education and training of national and international undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral research scientists, clinical fellows, junior faculty through coursework and mentored research. Dr. Reed is passionate about mentoring women in science and medicine. She was a founding member and past Chair of the Steering Committee of The Transplantation Society’s WIT initiative and currently serves as the Chair for Women in Clinical Immunology, FOCIS. Many of her mentees have been women, and she has helped them navigate successful careers in Immunogenetics and Transplant Immunology.