Donald R Branch, PhD

Dr. Branch's current interests can be broken down into 4 main areas:
  • Signaling involving c-Src
  • Signaling in HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and disease resistance
  • Studies of SHP-1 tyrosine phosphatase in malignancies
  • Mechanism of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) effect in autoimmune inflammatory diseases
Current projects include:
  • The function of pp60c-src and Pyk2 in HIV infection 
  • The role of signaling through the VPAC family of neuroendocrine receptors on HIV/AIDS infection and resistance to infection 
  • Drug discovery for small molecular weight molecules that block HIV fusion 
  • Identification of novel treatment modalities for HIV/AIDS 
  • The signaling pathways used by HIV for its early stages of its life cycle 
  • The mechanism of IVIG treatment for autoimmune inflammatory diseases 
  • Drug discovery for small molecular weight molecules that inhibit phagocytosis 
  • The mechanism of anti-D immune prophylaxis and treatment of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Drug discovery for alternatives to IVIG
Transfusion. 2018 Oct 09;:
Lemay AS, Tong TN, Branch DR, Huang M, Sumner C, Oldfield L, Hawes J, Cserti-Gazdewich CM, Lau W
Transfus Med Rev. 2018 Aug 08;:
Tong TN, Cen S, Branch DR
Blood. 2018 May 24;:
Xu M, Li J, Neves MAD, Zhu G, Carrim N, Yu R, Gupta S, Marshall J, Rotstein O, Peng J, Hou M, Kunishima S, Ware J, Branch DR, Lazarus A, Ruggeri ZM, Freedman J, Ni H
Transfusion. 2018 May 09;:
Kipkeu BJ, Shyian ML, da Silveira Cavalcante L, Duong TT, Yeung RSM, Binnington B, Branch DR, Acker JP, Holovati JL
Clin Exp Immunol. 2018 Apr 28;:
Lewis BJB, Leontyev D, Neschadim A, Blacquiere M, Branch DR
Transfus Apher Sci. 2018 Apr 19;:
Qadri SM, Donkor DA, Yan M, Ning S, Branch DR, Seghatchian J, Sheffield WP
J Immunol. 2018 Mar 12;:
Spirig R, Campbell IK, Koernig S, Chen CG, Lewis BJB, Butcher R, Muir I, Taylor S, Chia J, Leong D, Simmonds J, Scotney P, Schmidt P, Fabri L, Hofmann A, Jordi M, Spycher MO, Cattepoel S, Brasseit J, Panousis C, Rowe T, Branch DR, Baz Morelli A,...
Eur J Haematol. 2018 Feb 17;:
Qadri SM, Donkor DA, Nazy I, Branch DR, Sheffield WP
Blood. 2018 Jan 05;:
Branch DR, Hellberg Å, Bruggeman CW, Storry JR, Sakac D, Blacquiere M, Tong TN, Burke-Murphy E, Binnington B, Parmar N, Sampson Riden L, Willie K, Armali C, Aziz J, Lieberman L, Laroche V, Callum J, Lin Y, Shehata N, Pavenski K, Lau W, Hannach B,...
Sci Rep. 2017 May 02;7(1):1296
Schneider C, Wicki S, Graeter S, Timcheva TM, Keller CW, Quast I, Leontyev D, Djoumerska-Alexieva IK, Käsermann F, Jakob SM, Dimitrova PA, Branch DR, Cummings RD, Lünemann JD, Kaufmann T, Simon HU, von Gunten S

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Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
Scientist, Canadian Blood Services