I am an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. My doctoral research in the lab of Professor Gregory Underhill at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign was focused on the development of the liver, specifically using tissue engineering approaches to elucidate the microenvironmental cues which guide differentiation of liver progenitor cells toward hepatocytic or cholangiocytic fates. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing viola, programming, strength training, and tennis.


Recent Publications

  • Mario Spaggiari, Pierpaolo Di Cocco, Kiara Tulla, Kerim B. Kaylan, Mario A. Masrur, Chandra Hassan, Jorge A. Alvarez, Enrico Benedetti, Ivo Tzvetanov. “Simultaneous robotic kidney transplantation and bariatric surgery for morbidly obese patients with end‐stage renal failure.” American Journal of Transplantation, in press. Abstract
  • Pierpaolo Di Cocco, Alberto Fratti, Kerim B. Kaylan, Ivo G. Tzvetanov, Enrico Benedetti. “Treatment strategies for antibody-mediated rejection in kidney transplantation and its prevention.” OBM Transplantation 4(3): 16. Abstract
  • Kerim B. Kaylan, Ian C. Berg, Matthew J. Biehl, Aidan Brougham-Cook, Ishita Jain, Sameed M. Jamil, Lauren H. Sargeant, Nicholas J. Cornell, Lori T. Raetzman, and Gregory H. Underhill. “Spatial patterning of liver progenitor cell differentiation mediated by cellular contractility and Notch signaling.” eLife 7: e38536. Abstract


I am an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. My doctoral work focused on tissue engineering approaches to study stem and progenitor cell fate in the developing liver. Learn more.



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