Naomi Luban
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pathology (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-476-5292
Email: Email
Department: Pediatrics


  • BA, Connecticut College, 1968
  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1972


My research interests are focused on clinical and translational investigations of transfusion safety and include studies of infectious and non-infectious complications of transfusion including RBC and HLA alloimmunization, graft versus host disease and evidence based transfusion practices. Recent studies include the molecular characterization of genes associated with alloimmunization and genetic modifiers of hemoglobin F expression. I have served NHLBI, FDA and AABB in a number of roles including Special Emphasis Panels and review groups and as the transfusion consultant for STOP I, II, SWiTCH and TWiTCH. I served on NHLBI Council from 2011-2014. As Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, I have established, directed or co-directed training programs for junior and women faculty including K30, Pediatric Clinical Research and Sickle Cell Scholar Programs and a T32. I am the program director of our KL2 and oversee other K awardees career development awards. I am responsible for all academic and research education programming, including the development of resident, fellow, junior and master mentorship programs, grants training seminars and career development initiatives. I review for the NHLBI’s Loan Repayment Program and serve on several K12 External Advisory Committees. I have mentored over 30 fellows and junior faculty, most of whom are now in academic positions in pediatric hematology.


Sickle Cell Disease
Immune modulation
Irradiated blood
Adverse Consequences of Transfusion
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)


1R25RR025132 (Luban, PI) 06/18/09 - 06/01/16

NIH/NCRR Being Me. (no cost extension)

The major goal of this project is develop an integrated art focused curricula to enhance health science education and health awareness and outcomes for minority 3rd and 4th grade students, teachers and health aids. Role: PI

1UL1RR031988 (Guay-Woodford, PI) 07/01/10 - 03/31/16

NIH/NCRR Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National. (no cost extension)

The CTSI supports junior investigators in clinical research, education and training. Dr. Luban directs the Masters, KL2 and mentorship training for this award. Role: Director, Research, Education, Training and Career Development. Role: Program Director, Research, Education, Training and Career Development

1T32HL110841-01 (Luban, PI / Luchtman-Jones, Co-PI) 02/01/12 - 01/31/17

NIH/NHLBI/Children’s Research Institute Hematology Research Training Grant.

This award will develop a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research and career development program leading to an increase in pediatric subspecialists who care for infants, children and young adults with hematological, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases including thrombosis and issues relevant to transfusion medicine.

Role: Co-Investigator


Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship, 2012
The Graham A. Jamieson Memorial Award and Lectureship, 2014


  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • Clinical Research Administration

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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