Dr. Craig Lefort is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Research) in the Department of Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Rochester in 2008.
In 2010, Dr. Lefort completed his postdoctoral work in cellular and molecular immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Minsoo Kim in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Later that year, he was invited to join the laboratory of Dr. Klaus Ley as a postdoctoral fellow at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology in La Jolla, CA, where his research focused on studying the regulation of LFA-1, an integrin receptor that plays essential roles in leukocyte trafficking and immunity. In 2012, he was awarded a 4-year Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association.
In 2013, Dr. Lefort joined the Division of Surgical Research at Rhode Island Hospital and was appointed to the rank of an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Research) where he continues his research on the molecular mechanisms by which leukocytes regulate the structure and activation state of LFA-1.