Michelle Wood-Trageser
  • Biomedical Science Tower E1558 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • 412-648-4166
  • woodma4@upmc.edu


Research Assistant Professor of Pathology, Division of Liver and Transplantation Pathology; Co-Director of Transplant Pathology Research Services Laboratory

BS, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA; PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Research Area(s):
Transplant Pathology
Biomarkers/Novel Diagnostics

Dr. Wood-Trageser serves as the Operations Manager of the Transplant Pathology Research Services Laboratory.  Under the direction of Dr. A.J. Demetris, the laboratory is CAP and CLIA certified and provides routine and specialized histology services to principal investigators and researchers throughout the University and in the external biomedical community.  We provide core pathology laboratory services for clinical trials in liver, kidney, and heart transplantation that are sponsored by academic, government funded, and corporate funded trials.  We specialize in multiplex immunohistochemistry, high resolution digital imaging, and image analysis services.

Our current research endeavors focus on understanding operational tolerance in the liver.  In addition, we are developing next generation pathology methodologies that can be applied to routine clinical testing and exploring addition of molecular interrogation of tissue that incorporates spatial context.

Transplant Pathology Research Services website

Transplant Pathology Research Services contact


A.J. Demetris, MD
Parmjeet Randhawa, MD
Michelle Wood-Trageser, PhD

Histology and Digital Imaging:
Stephanie Traczek, BS HTL(ASCP)CM, MT(ASCP)
Lauren Lesniak, BS

Software Engineering and Bioinformatics:
Benjamin Popp, BS
Drew Lesniak
Mitch Ellison, PhD

Molecular and Digital Spatial Profiling:
Yuchen (Cathy) Huang, BS

Alessandro Gambella, MD, PhD candidate

Project Manager/Administration:
Kerry Smith, BS