Craig Alan Byersdorfer MD

Clinical Lecturer, Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatrics


U of M Pediatric Hematology Oncology

CS Mott Children's Hospital Floor 7
1540 E Hospital Dr SPC 4257
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Washington University School of Medicine, 2006


  • University of Michigan Health System, Pediatrics, MI, 2008


  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan Health System, 2011

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology


Dr. Byersdorfer's research focuses on understanding the biologic basis of graft-versus-host disease, the major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.  His projects specifically focus on discovering pathways unique to disease-causing T cells, in an effort to promote overall immune recovery but limit the pathogenic response.  These findings will help to improve the selectivity of future treatment options.  He has presented his work both locally and nationally and is currently the recipient of a National Institutes of Health career development award.

Recent Publications:

  1. Atibalentja D, Byersdorfer CA, Unanue ER. Thymus–blood protein interactions are highly effective in negative selection and regulatory T cell induction.  J Immunol, 183:7909-18, 2009.
  2. Hassan F, Byersdorfer CA, Nasr S. Severe Schwachman-Diamond syndrome and associated CF carrier mutations.  Resp Med CME, 3:18-19, 2010.
  3. Wahl DR, Byersdorfer CA, Ferrara, JL, Opipari AW Jr., Glick GD.  Distinct metabolic programs in activated T cells: Opportunities for selective immunomodulation. Immunol Rev, 249:104, 2012.
  4. Byersdorfer CA and Ferrara JLM. Looking toward the future: An individualized approach to allogeneic transplant.  In Immune Biology of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, In Press, 2012.


Dr. Byersdorfer received his undergraduate degrees from the University of MN – Duluth and went on to receive his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Dr. Byersdorfer then completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan.  Craig has been a member of the University of Michigan faculty since 2011.  Outside of work, he enjoys camping, traveling with his family, and tries to finds a little time each week to spend in his vegetable garden.