Co-Scientific Director of the Transplant Institute
Medicine and Surgery
Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery/ Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Maria Koulmanda is the Director of Non-Human Primate Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Her principle research interest is in the basis and treatment of diabetogenic autoimmunity and islet transplant tolerance in mice and non-human primates. She has led studies in which self-tolerance to islets was successfully restored in new onset frankly diabetic NOD mice treated with Power Mix (IL-2.Fc etc), alpha 1-antitrypsin or anti-TNF-a. In addition to her research, she is the Director of the Islet Isolation Core at BIDMC. She previously served as President of the Cell Transplant Society (CTS, now CTRMS) from 2013-2015 and is currently a member of the CTRMS Council. She is also a member of several national and international societies, including the American Society of Transplantation, the International Transplant Society, the Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the TTS.