David McKenna

Professor and American Red Cross Chair in Transfusion Medicine
Scientific and Medical Director, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics


Dr. McKenna holds the American Red Cross Chair in Transfusion Medicine and is Director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine. He also serves as the Scientific and Medical Director of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics (MCT), the University's cGMP facility, as well as Laboratory and Medical Director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center Clinical Cell Therapy Laboratory and the director of the fellowship program in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking. McKenna is an active AABB member, serving on the board of directors for four years and leading the AABB Cellular Therapy Section Coordinating Committee for several years. He was a key investigator in the NIH-sponsored Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies contract from 2003-2015.

Research Summary

Interests include umbilical cord blood research, quality assurance/quality control in cellular therapy, and translational research/clinical scale-up of biotherapeutics.



MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine, 1997

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

University of Minnesota (Transfusion Medicine), 2001-2003,
University of Minnesota (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology), 1997-2001,

Licensures and Certifications

Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Transfusion Medicine / Blood Banking,



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