Laneshia K. Tague, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award. A pulmonologist, Tague is being recognized for her work in understanding the role of genetics in patients’ responses to immunosuppression drugs following lung transplantation.
The fellowship award is given by the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The award is named in honor of Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African American to chair a department at Harvard Medical School.
Tague, who also holds a master’s degree in clinical investigation, is developing methods to measure the function of immune cells called lymphocytes as a marker of how well immunosuppression is working in patients who have received lung transplants. Her long-term goal is to create recommendations for precision immunosuppression therapy for individual patients based on their clinical features and genetic profile, which could optimize therapy while minimizing adverse drug effects and improve survival after lung transplantation.