John Roback, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapy, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory School of Medicine
Medical Director, Emory University Hospital Blood Bank
Medical Director, Emory Healthcare School of Medical Technology
The focus of my laboratory is basic and translational research investigations with an emphasis on improved Transfusion Medicine clinical practice. The primary ongoing projects that have been or are currently NIH-funded include: (i) Utilization of murine models of lethal murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) disease to develop improved, clinically applicable methods for adoptive antiviral immunotherapy and post-transplant vaccination to for bone marrow transplant recipients; (ii) Development of novel, innovative methods and devices to perform pretransfusion testing of blood components; and (iii) Development of improved PCR methods for screening blood and hematopoietic stem cell products for CMV infectivity.
Improving the safety and efficacy of blood transfusion and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Current positions: Associate Professor (tenured) in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Director of the Emory Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapies, Associate Director of the Emory University Hospital Blood Bank, and Associate Director of the Stem Cell Processing Laboratory at Emory University Hospital. National leadership positions: Co-Chairman of the NIH/NHLBI Global Blood Safety and Availability Strategic Planning Committee, Chairman of the AABB Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, and Editor of the AABB Technical Manual.