Gift of Life Award
Carlos H. Villa, M.D., Ph.D
Born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, Carlos H. Villa, M.D., Ph.D., completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University where he majored in Chemical Engineering. His undergraduate research sparked an interest in biomedical research and he went on to complete M.D. and Ph.D. training at the Weill Cornell-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-Rockefeller University Tri-Institutional program. For his doctoral thesis work, Dr. Villa explored the use of carbon nanotubes in immunotherapies, particularly for the treatment of leukemias and lymphomas. Following medical training, he went on to complete a residency in clinical pathology and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his post-doctoral research Dr. Villa has focused on the use of red blood cells as drug carriers, particularly their application in bleeding and thrombotic disorders. This work has included investigations of the role of red blood cells in physiologic hemostasis and inflammation as well as protein engineering strategies. In his clinical work, Dr. Villa has served as a physician in the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, where he has had the opportunity to care for several patients with TTP. Ultimately, Dr. Villa hopes that his work in the delivery of biotherapeutics will lead to improved therapies in a variety of hematologic disorders, including TTP."