News & Achievements

APS Program Update

Read the new APS Program Update that includes the latest news and research from the Knight Lab, a thank you letter from a patient, articles on how to lower the risk of blood clots while traveling (by Dr. Ray Zuo) and APS classification criteria (by Dr. Jacqueline Madison), and more!


Drug made from pig intestine helps escape the “trap” of clot-causing immune response

The Knight Lab and colleagues find that the drug defibrotide suppressed neutrophils from releasing NETs and also reduced downstream blood-clotting. Dr. Knight discusses how these findings could set the stage to better treat people with APS. Read more.

Amber’s Michigan Answer

Michigan Answers are found where over 100 years of teaching, research and patient care intersect with an endless curiosity and passion for changing patients’ lives for the better. Read how Dr. Knight helped to provide Amber's Michigan Answer.

Department of Internal Medicine 2020 Annual Report - Exploring Neutrophil Extracellular Traps

Dr. Jason Knight reflects on how his lab, in collaboration with Dr. Yogen Kanthi's lab, took what they have learned about blood clotting in antiphospholipid syndrome and applied that knowledge to COVID-19 in the Internal Medicine 2020 Annual Report. Read the story.

Novel autoantibody adds fuel to COVID-19 “firestorm” of inflammation, blood clots

Yu (Ray) Zuo, MD leads team in analyzing serum from over 300 hospitalized COVID patients and finds that those with higher levels of the autoantibodies were more likely to develop severe COVID symptoms. Read more.

COVID-19 Can Cause Autoantibodies Seen in Autoimmune Conditions

Dr. Jason Knight discusses research conducted by his and Dr. Yogen Kanthi's labs on autoantibodies and their role in COVID-19, and how research on this topic will hopefully lead to a better understanding of and caring for autoimmunity in patients. Read more.

Jason Knight, MD, PhD

Jason Knight, MD, PhD, and other experts from across the country, discuss their insights and research on the association between autoimmunity and COVID-19. Read more.

Rheumatology Research Foundation Funds 5 COVID-19 Studies

The Knight Lab receives funding from the Rheumatology Research Foundation to delve deeper into their research on antiphospholipid antibodies and the role they play in COVID-19. Read more.

Lupus Research Alliance

In a new study led by Dr. Jason Knight, researchers find a way to block inflammation by targeting a key protein, IRE1α, found in immune cells that are active in lupus, known as neutrophils. Read more.

Fighting Back Against a Body That Attacks Itself

Dr. Ray Zuo to investigate how COVID-19 infection leads to an autoimmune-like response, with funding provided by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Read more.

News Archive

Research Group Identifies Potential Therapeutic Target for Lupus
Gautam Sule, PhD, Jason Knight, MD, PhD, and team find that inhibiting IRE1α, a molecule activated by the endoplasmic reticulum in neutrophils, counters disease progression in lupus mice. Read more.

From Mowing Lawns to the Research Lab: Southwood Grad Leads Study in Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Jason Knight discusses his current research, and the education and teachers he had while growing up that had an impact on him. Read more.

STAT Madness
"Prothrombotic Autoantibodies in Serum from Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19", a collaboration between the Knight Lab and Kanthi Lab, was selected as one of 64 entries across the country to compete in this year's STAT Madness. Congratulations for making it to round #2!

JRNLclub with Dr. Ray Zuo
Yu (Ray) Zuo, MD explains prothrombotic autoantibodies in serum from patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on JRNLclubWatch the video.

Lupus Foundation of America Mary Betty Stevens Young Investigator Prize
Jason Knight, MD, PhD is awarded the Mary Betty Stevens Young Investigator Prize for his significant contributions to research on lupus and its related cardiovascular complications including APS. Read more.

Prothrombotic Autoantibodies in Serum from Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19 Study
Research by the Knight Lab that found that 52% of 172 people hospitalized with COVID-19 had autoimmune antiphospholipid antibodies is featured in JAMA Network and Nature.

Subset of COVID-19 Patients Have Increased Bleeding Risk
A multidisciplinary team of Michigan Medicine researchers identify a potential clinical biomarker for high bleeding risk and poorer outcomes in COVID-19. Read more.

Ginger Counters Certain Autoimmune Diseases in Mice
Ramadan Ali, PhD and Jason Knight, MD, PhD discover that the main bioactive compound of ginger root helps halt disease progression in mice with antiphospholipid syndrome and lupus. Read more. Their research is highlighted in Nature Reviews Rheumatology: Getting to the Root of the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger.

Frontline Workers at Michigan Medicine Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Jason Knight, MD, PhD, one of the first Michigan Medicine employees to get the vaccine, discusses the importance of people getting vaccinated when it becomes available to them. Watch the video on WDIV Local 4.

Research Featured on Three Journal Covers
Research by lead author, Yu (Ray) Zuo, MD, is featured on three journal covers in 2020. View the publications in JCI InsightScience Translational Medicine, and Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Can Autoimmune Antibodies Explain Blood Clots in COVID-19?
The NIH-supported study, Prothrombotic Autoantibodies in Serum from Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19, is featured in the NIH Director's Blog. Read more.

New Cause of COVID-19 Blood Clots Identified
Yu (Ray) Zuo, MD; Yogen Kanthi, MD; and Jason Knight, MD, PhD find that a significant percentage of patients hospitalized with COVID were positive for autoantibodies that create blood clots. Read more.

Taubman Institute Supports First U-M Based COVID Study
Drs. Jason Knight, Yogen Kanthi, and Ray Zuo launch a clinical trial of a drug they believe may address the deadly blood clots that form in some patients with COVID-19. Read more.

UROP Blue Ribbon Awardee in the Knight Lab
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) student, Diane Chiang, was honored with the Blue Ribbon Award, given to students for having an exemplary capstone research poster and presentation. Read more.

Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) May Augur Severe COVID-19
Dr. Ray Zuo, Dr. Yogen Kanthi, and Dr. Jason Knight’s research that looked at the relationship between NETs and severe cases of COVID-19 is highlighted in The ScientistRead more.

‘Spider-Man’ Immune Response May Promote Severe COVID-19
Clinical trials have begun to test drugs that counter toxic molecular webs linked to lung distress. Read more.

Higher Levels of NETs in Blood Associated with More Severe COVID-19
Ray Zuo, MD; Yogen Kanthi, MD; and Jason Knight, MD, PhD find a connection between destructive white blood cells and a more severe disease course in patients with COVID-19. Read more.

U-M Research Lab Opens to Explore New Treatment Targets for Patients with COVID-19
Yogendra Kanthi, MD and Jason Knight, MD, PhD were selected as recipients of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center “COVID-19: CV Impact Research Ignitor Grant”. Read more.

Rheumatology Research Foundation Investigator Award
Dr. Ray Zuo receives the Investigator Award, which is given to junior investigators in the period between completing post-doctoral fellowship training while being competitive for more significant funding and establishing themselves as independent investigators. Read more.

Rheumatology Research Foundation Edmund L. Dubois, MD Memorial Lectureship
Dr. Jason Knight is selected for the Edmund L. Dubois, MD Memorial Lectureship, which is given annually to an outstanding investigator in the area of lupus research. Read more.

Division of Rheumatology Spotlight - Dr. Ray Zuo
Ray Zuo, MD joined Michigan Medicine on November 1, 2019 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Zuo's focus is on Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) and is working on the APS Program with Dr. Jason Knight. Read more.

Lupus Research Alliance Target Identification in Lupus Grants Awarded
Jason Knight, MD, PhD is awarded a Lupus Research Alliance grant to study whether a stress-sensing protein spurs neutrophils to release NETs in patients with lupus. Read more.

Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professorship of Connective Tissue Research
Jason Knight, MD, PhD is named Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research.

Q&A with New Research Fellow, Dr. Hui Shi
Hui Shi, MD, PhD is a new research fellow and the latest addition to Dr. Jason Knight’s lab. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Dr. Shi worked as a rheumatologist at Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, a well-known hospital in China. Read more.

Impeding White Blood Cells in Antiphospholipid Syndrome Reduced Blood Clots
A new study examined APS at the cellular level and found that two drugs reduced development of blood clots in mice affected with the condition. Read more.

Division of Rheumatology Spotlight - Dr. Jason Knight
Jason S. Knight, MD, PhD earned both his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, and completed the majority of his PhD thesis while at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more.

Lupus Research Alliance Announces Nine Promising Novel Research Grant Awards
Dr. Jason Knight receives grant to determine whether neutrophil elastase is a good target for the development of a new type of treatment for people with lupus. Read more.