Albert D. Donnenberg, PhD

Dr. Albert Donnenberg is the Vice Chair for Translational Research at the Allegheny Singer Research Institute in the Allegheny Healthcare Network. He is also a visiting Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Professor of Infectious Disease and Microbiology in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to research activities, Dr. Donnenberg is Director of both the UPMC and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratories. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Training Program.  In addition, he is the Director of Cellular Therapy of the UPMC Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center.

Dr. Donnenberg received his BA from the University of Colorado – Boulder and his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he studied infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Donnenberg spent many years at Johns Hopkins where he became an Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases before he came to the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Donnenberg’s research focuses include:

  • Use of adipose derived stromal cells in wound healing and regenerative therapy
  • Cancer stem cells and the epithelial to mesenchymal transition
  • Identification of therapeutic targets on cancer stem cells
  • The immune environment of metastatic epithelial cancers
  • Technological advances in flow cytometry
  • Technological advances in cellular therapy

He is on the editorial board of Clinical and Applied Immunology Reviews, and he is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals, including these and more:  Bone Marrow Transplantation, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Human Immunology, Natural Immunity, and the Journal of Immunology.

Dr. Donnenberg is a member of many professional organizations, including but not limited to, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the International Society for Analytical Cytology, The Transplantation Society, and the International Society for Stem Cell Research.  Throughout his career, Dr. Donnenberg has received numerous awards, including serving as the Keynote Speaker of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Eurasian Hematology Society, Antalya Turkey (2011), the co-corresponding author (with Vera Donnenberg, PhD) for the Best Paper in Clinical Cytometry, ESCCA EuroConference, Dublin, Ireland (2011), the co-corresponding author (with Vera Donnenberg, PhD) for Editor-in-Chief Selection, Top Articles, Cytometry B (2012), and co-author, Best Research Paper, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2018.

View a list of Dr. Donnenberg’s publications here.