Michael P. Crawford, MD

Research Assistant

Department of Pathology
1080 Medical Laboratories
500 Newton Road
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1109

Lab: 319-335-7601

I was born and raised in Texas and Kansas City, but I got to Iowa as fast as possible! At Texas A&M University I earned a premedical BS degree graduating magna cum laude with honors coursework. Before going into medical school, I completed one year of basic science research and this is where I first met Dr. Nitin Karandikar. I assisted the start-up of his first lab at UT Southwestern and co-authored two of his landmark publications on the role of CD8 T cells in patients afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. I went on to complete medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Subsequently, I completed my internship with the Michael E. DeBakey Department of General Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. I then attended Family Medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch back in Galveston, TX. I now rejoin Dr. Karandikar’s research lab with a great deal of experience and knowledge in clinical medicine with aspirations to contribute to science research in novel and exciting ways.


  1. Quantitative PCR for Epstein-Barr virus DNA and RNA in multiple sclerosis. Lindsey JW, Hatfield LM, Crawford MP, Patel S. Mult Scler. 2009 Feb;15(2):153-8. [PubMed]
  2. Soluble Nogo-A in CSF is not a useful biomarker for multiple sclerosis. Lindsey JW, Crawford MP, Hatfield LM. Neurology. 2008 Jul 1;71(1):35-7. [PubMed]
  3. High prevalence of autoreactive, neuroantigen-specific CD8+ T cells in multiple sclerosis revealed by novel flow cytometric assay. Crawford M, Yan S, Ortega S, Mehta R, Hewitt R, Price D, Stastny P, Douek D, Koup R, Racke M, Karandikar N. Blood. 2004 June;103(11):4222-31. [PubMed]
  4. Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) therapy induces CD8(+) T cell responses in patients with multiple sclerosis. Karandikar N, Crawford M, Yan X, Ratts R, Brenchley J, Ambrozak D, Lovett-Racke A, Frohman E, Stastny P, Douek D, Koup R, Racke M. The Journal of clinical investigation. 2002 March;109(5):641-9. [PubMed]