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Norma S. Kenyon, Ph.D.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Associate Chair for Immunology
University of Miami

Additional Titles
  • Martin Kleiman Chair in Diabetes Research, Professor of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology and Director of the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research, University of Miami

An established leader in islet cell transplantation in pre-clinical models, Dr. Kenyon has focused her work on identifying the types of cells in the immune system that either enhance or inhibit the rejection process, and translating these findings into therapies for patients. Dr. Kenyon is a Co-Pi on clinical islet transplant studies at the Diabetes Research Institute and heads up efforts to study the immune response to transplanted islets in both pre-clinical and clinical studies. The results of her work have sparked great enthusiasm within the scientific community, and have been published in a number of peer reviewed journals.

Research Focus
  • Intraportal Stem Cell Transplants to Induce Tolerance
  • Strategies to Improve Long Term Islet Graft Survival
  • Transplant Tolerance in Non-Human Primates
  • Immunological studies of pre-clinical and clinical islet transplant recipients

Dr. Kenyon received her B.S. in Zoology at Duke University, Durham, N.C. and completed a Ph.D. in Immunology at Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. She undertook post doctoral fellowships in the Department of Microbiology, University of California at Los Angeles, and the Diabetes Research Institute at University of Miami School of Medicine.


A past recipient of the Martin Kleiman Investigator Award, Dr. Kenyon has also served as the Martin Kleiman Chair in Diabetes Research. She is widely published on topics covering Advances in Methods and Procedures for Beta Cell Transplantation in Diabetes, including Experimental Approaches to the Prevention of Rejection in Pancreatic Transplantation. She has additionally published some 80 juried and refereed journal articles. She serves as an editorial reviewer of several publications, including Cell Transplantation, Graft, Diabetes, Transplantation, and Journal of Immunology.

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Contact Dr. Kenyon at (305) 243-5346 or nkenyon@.miami.edu.