Dr. Raimon Duran-Struuck
Dr. Duran-Struuck is the Head of the Pre-Clinical Transplantation Laboratories at Columbia Center of Translational Immunology (CCTI) and Assistant Professor in Surgical Sciences in the Dept. of Surgery. He is also an Associate Research Scientist within the Institute of Comparative Medicine at Columbia University and Instructor (adjunct) at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston (MA). Previous to this post, he was an instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Immunology at the Transplantation Biology Research Center (Massachusetts General Hospital).
Dr. Duran-Struuck began his career at Tufts University by earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and completed his DVM at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. From Tufts, he went on to complete an Internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center. Dr. Duran-Struuck then transitioned to the University of Michigan where he finished a Residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine while concurrently fulfilling a post-doctoral fellowship in experimental bone marrow transplant in the laboratories of Drs. James L.M. Ferrara and Pavan Reddy at the University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2010, Dr. Duran-Struuck fulfilled his second post-doctoral fellowship in bone marrow transplant at Harvard Medical School and finished his PhD in Immunology, at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He is a boarded Diplomate of the Amercican College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).
As head of the preclinical transplantation laboratories at CCTI, Dr. Duran-Struuck will be instrumental in advancing the new center's translational research goals. Some of these include the induction of tolerance for solid organ transplantation, hematopoietic cell transplantation, and treatment strategies for graft versus host disease and other auto-immune mediated conditions.