Current Responsibilities and Activities
I direct programs studying islet biology and transplantation research. My duties include management of a research portfolio that covers studies to optimize islet yield, viability, and durability in the procurement and pretransplant process; applications of islet immune-isolation techniques and manipulations enhancing islet graft survival and immune tolerance; evaluation of novel immunosuppressive reagents, regimens, or adjunct therapeutics that promote islet graft survival; and mechanistic studies that specifically contribute to understanding integrated islet function, beta cell renewal, and pathophysiology.
In addition, I serve as a scientific officer for the NIDDK in coordination of research activities with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the Non-Human Primate Immune Tolerance Cooperative Study Group. I also serve as the scientific officer for the Integrated Islet Distribution Program and the Collaborative Islet Transplantation Registry.