Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights
Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.
Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.
Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!
We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at
Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD
Magali Fontaine, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Transfusion Services at University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland.
How long have you been an AABB member?
I have been an AABB member since 2000.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
While an AABB member, I first served on the Cellular Therapy (CT) Standards Committee for 3 years and subsequently served as the Chair of that same committee for the following 3 years. Since 2013, I have been serving on the CT Section Coordinating Committee, and currently as the Chair on the Novel Cellular Therapies and Product Development Subsection for the AABB. More recently I had the privilege of serving as the chair of the CT Education Program Unit Committee, which developed the first e-learning based program on cellular therapies. In my spare time, I also serve on the AABB Scientific Program Committee and Abstract Review Committee.
What motivates you to volunteer?
My research and clinical expertise lies at the intersection of transfusion medicine and transplantation, in the emerging field of cellular therapy. By serving on AABB committees I can network, exchange research ideas and establish collaborations.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
My experience from serving on these committees and subtask force has helped me to identify knowledge and regulatory gaps that need to be filled for novel cellular therapies to succeed.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I have learned how important it is to learn to work in teams, which is a skill so important nowadays in basic science and clinical research.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know?
I love children, I would be an elementary school teacher if I had an opportunity to hold a second career.
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