About the Authors

Donald Lavelle

dlavelle@uic.edu

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Kestutis Vaitkus

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Maria Armila Ruiz

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Vinzon Ibanez

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Tatiana Kouznetsova

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Yogen Saunthararajah

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Hematologic Malignancies and Blood Disorders, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Nadim Mahmud

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Joseph DeSimone

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DL JD. Performed the experiments: DL KV AR VI TK. Analyzed the data: Dl YS NM JD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: NM. Wrote the paper: DL YS NM JD.