Nicole M. Valenzuela, PhD
UCLA Path & Lab Med
1000 Veteran Avenue, Room 1-520
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Assistant Clinical Professor for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Nicole Valenzuela is an Assistant Director at the UCLA Immunogenetics Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Valenzuela is board certified by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. As Assistant Director at the UCLA Immunogenetics Center, she provides services to the solid organ and stem cell transplant communities through diagnostic testing and clinical consultation.
She completed her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UCLA in 2012. Her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research has focused on the mechanisms of alloantibody-mediated injury leading to solid organ transplant rejection. Her current research explores the heterogeneity of inflammatory phenotype and function across endothelial cells from different vascular beds and tissues of origin. She aims to better understand the intrinsic mechanisms behind the diversity of outcomes among solid organ allografts and identify potential therapeutic targets to modulate inflammation during ischemia/reperfusion injury and rejection.