Sophie Paczesny, MD, PhD



Sophie received her MD and PhD from Paris University, France, where she completed her residency and fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. With her responsibilities at Indiana University and affiliations with the Simon Cancer Center, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Immunology, and is pursuing her research of discovery and validation of biomarkers of complications post-transplantation as well as bring new targeted therapies to the clinic and explore novel pathways in GVHD


  • Graft versus host disease
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology, particularly in HSCT, with my focus on translational research science and with the goal of converting bench discoveries to the bedside

Honours & Awards:

  • 2014 American Society for Clinical Investigation member
  • 2011 Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program 2011 Scholar
  • 2010 EBMT 36th Annual Meeting Best Abstract Award presented at the Presidential Symposium, Vienna, Austria (one of the six best abstracts among 1100 international abstracts submitted)
  • 2010 ASBMT Annual Meeting Best Abstract Award, Orlando, FL, United States (one of the six best abstracts among 540 international abstracts submitted)
  • 2010 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer
  • 2009 Faculty Award for Clinical Investigation/Health Services, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 2008 Research Fellow Award for Clinical Investigation/Health Services, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • 2008 ASH 50th Annual Meeting Travel Award, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 2006 Eric Archambaud Prize, French Bone Marrow Transplantation Society, Lyon, France
  • 2006 Cancer Prize, Academy National of Medicine, Paris, France
  • 2005 Marie Curie Action Travel Award, European Society of Hematology, Europe
  • 2003 Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies-FOCIS Travel Award, United States
  • 2001 8th National Symposium: Basic Aspects of Vaccines, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Travel Award, United States
  • 2000 Medaille d’Argent (silver medal), Paris University Hospitals Residency Program, France
  • 2000 Co-first Prize, Best Fellow Academic Work, France
  • 1999 Second Prize at the Research Meeting of Avicenne Hospital, Paris XIII, France.

Professional highlights:

  • An Associate Professor of the Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 
  • Leads the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) biomarker discovery and validation research.
  • Dr. Paczesny joined the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the University of Michigan in 2006 where she has developed proteomics for the diagnosis of GVHD