Jennifer A. Kanakry, M.D.

Jennifer A. Kanakry, M.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute


Dr. Jennifer Kanakry engages in clinical research related to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for patients with hematologic malignancies and inherited and acquired disorders of the immune system. Transplant is potentially curative for these patients and Dr. Kanakry’s research is aimed at finding novel ways to make transplant less toxic, more effective, and more available to patients with these diseases. Dr. Kanakry also focuses her clinical research on viral complications of transplant and the kinetics of immune reconstitution. Dr. Kanakry leads several clinical trials at the NCI of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and of virus-specific cytotoxic T cell therapies, with a focus on peripheral T cell lymphomas and hematologic malignancies in patients living with HIV.

Areas of Expertise

Virus-Associated Lymphomas and Lymphoproliferative Diseases
Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide

Information for Patients

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NIH Hematology Oncology Fellowship

Learn more about our unique training program focusing on hematologic and oncologic diseases.


Selected Key Publications

International retrospective study of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for activated PI3K-delta syndrome

Dimitrova, D, Nademi, Z, Maccari, ME, Ehl, S, Uzel, G, Tomoda, T, Okano, T, Imai, K, Carpenter, B, Ip, W, Rao, K, Worth, AJJ, Laberko, A, Mukhina, A, Neven, B, Moshous, D, Speckmann, C, Warnatz, K, Wehr, C, Abolhassani, H, Aghamohammadi, A, Bleesing, JJ, Dara, J, Dvorak, CC, Ghosh, S, Kang, HJ, Markelj, G, Modi, A, Bayer, DK, Notarangelo, LD, Schulz, A, Garcia-Prat, M, Soler-Palacin, P, Karakukcu, M, Yilmaz, E, Gambineri, E, Menconi, M, Masmas, TN, Holm, M, Bonfim, C, Prando, C, Hughes, S, Jolles, S, Morris, EC, Kapoor, N, Koltan, S, Paneesha, S, Steward, C, Wynn, R, Duffner, U, Gennery, AR, Lankester, AC, Slatter, M and Kanakry, JA
J Allergy Clin Immunol. [Epub ahead of print] , 2021.
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Prospective Study of a Novel, Radiation-Free, Reduced-Intensity Bone Marrow Transplantation Platform for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

Dimitrova, D, Gea-Banacloche, J, Steinberg, SM, Sadler, JL, Hicks, SN, Carroll, E, Wilder, JS, Parta, M, Skeffington, L, Hughes, TE, Blau, JE, Broadney, MM, Rose, JJ, Hsu, AP, Fletcher, R, Nunes, NS, Yan, XY, Telford, WG, Kapoor, V, Cohen, JI, Freeman, AF, Garabedian, E, Holland, SM, Lisco, A, Malech, HL, Notarangelo, LD, Sereti, I, Shah, NN, Uzel, G, Zerbe, CS, Fowler, DH, Gress, RE, Kanakry, CG and Kanakry, JA
Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 26/1: 94-106, 2020.
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Outcomes of Related and Unrelated Donor Searches Among Patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Referred for Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Acevedo, MJ, Wilder, JS, Adams, S, Davis, J, Kelly, C, Hilligoss, D, Carroll, E, Blacklock-Schuver, B, Cole, K, Kang, EM, Hsu, AP, Kanakry, CG, Dimitrova, D and Kanakry, JA
Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 25/8: 1666-1673, 2019.
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Cytomegalovirus Infection Incidence and Risk Factors Across Diverse Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Platforms Using a Standardized Monitoring and Treatment Approach: A Comprehensive Evaluation from a Single Institution

Melendez-Munoz, R, Marchalik, R, Jerussi, T, Dimitrova, D, Nussenblatt, V, Beri, A, Rai, K, Wilder, JS, Barrett, AJ, Battiwalla, M, Childs, RW, Fitzhugh, CD, Fowler, DH, Fry, TJ, Gress, RE, Hsieh, MM, Ito, S, Kang, EM, Pavletic, SZ, Shah, NN, Tisdale, JF, Gea-Banacloche, J, Kanakry, CG and Kanakry, JA
Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 25/3: 577-586, 2019.
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The clinical significance of EBV DNA in the plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with or without EBV diseases

Kanakry, JA, Hegde, AM, Durand, CM, Massie, AB, Greer, AE, Ambinder, RF and Valsamakis, A
Blood. 127/16: 2007-2017, 2016.
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Research Nurse (Transplant Coordinator)
Amy Chai, RN, MSN
Patient Care Coordinator (Contr.)
Paola Massa, B.S.
Clinical Fellow
Kamil Rechache, M.D.
Transplant Coordinator
Melissa Walker, RN, BSN
Research Nurse
Jessenia Campos, RN, BSN, OCN
Patient Care Coordinator
Sherri Janzen, A.S.
Clinical Fellow
Krithika Shanmugasundaram, M.D.