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Xunrong Luo MD, PhD

Xunrong Luo MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, and Immunology; Director, Translational Research, Duke Transplant Center; Director, Physician Scientist Training Program; Chair, Basic/Translational Research, Research Development Council, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Luo earned her BS degree from Tsinghua University, and her MD and PhD degrees from Duke University. She then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a clinical fellowship in Nephrology and a research fellowship in Transplant Nephrology at that institution. She joined the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2005 in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. There, she was the founding director of the Center for Kidney Research and Therapeutics, and the director of the Human Islet Transplant Program of the Comprehensive Transplant Center. Dr. Luo returned to Duke in September 2018 as the Director of Translational Research of Duke Transplant Center. Dr. Luo’s research primarily focuses on the induction and mechanisms of transplantation tolerance. Since 2006, Dr. Luo has been continuously funded as a principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the National Kidney Foundation.


Dr. Luo is a paid consultant for ViaCyte.

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. Pancreatic Islet Transplantation in Type 1 Diabetes