Sr. Director, Histocompatability and Immunogenetics
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin / Diagnostic Laboratories
Dr. Schiller began her career with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Ripon College in Ripon, WI, where she graduated in 1992. This was followed by a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Loyola University Chicago in 1998. She spent her doctoral and postdoctoral years researching coronavirus polyprotein processing, baculovirus mechanisms of apoptosis, the mechanisms of HCV immune evasion, and the role of HLA in the development of type 1 diabetes. In 2008 she joined the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to train in clinical histocompatibility and immunogenetics. In 2010 she became a board certified Histocompatibility Laboratory Director by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and became an ASHI-approved HLA laboratory director in 2011. Since 2012 she has been the sole director of the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Histocompatibility Laboratory, supporting testing for solid organ transplantation, hematopoietic cell transplantation, platelet transfusions and HLA-linked disease association testing. She is also currently an Associate Clinical Professor of surgery in the department of Transplant Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Schiller is an active committee volunteer for ASHI as well as UNOS, serving on the Histocompatibility Committee as a regional representative. Her particular areas of interest include the role of HLA antibodies in abdominal transplant outcomes, and the optimization of hematopoietic cell transplant HLA testing and matching algorithms.