The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the recognition of Joseph Sushil Rao, MBBS of the Transplantation Tolerance Lab within the Schulze Diabetes Institute, for being named a 2022 U of M Postdoc Award recipient for his outstanding contributions toward impactful research. 

The University of Minnesota is proud to train, support, and promote its postdoctoral researchers, who are active members of the University's Twin Cities and Duluth communities. 

To recognize postdoctoral research and its valuable contribution to the University's mission, the Postdoctoral Association provides annual awards for outstanding endeavors in the areas of Community Outreach, Impactful Research, and Mentoring, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

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Associated Research Groups: 

  • Schulze Diabetes Institute (Bernhard Hering): Genetic engineering of porcine organs for xenotransplantation.
  • Division of Solid Organ Transplantation (Erik Finger) in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering (John Bischof): Long-term cryopreservation of pancreatic islets, kidneys, livers and hearts by vitrification and nanowarming for organ banking and transplantation.

Research Activities:

  • Led the project on "Mathematical Modeling of Liver Resections to Predict Hemodynamic Outcomes in Living Donor Liver Transplantation" in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering (Jeffrey Tithof).
  • Clinical projects: Multi-center (Vanderbilt, Columbia and Minnesota) Liver Transplant outcomes for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. 
  • In addition, Dr. Rao has produced over 30 additional research publications, numerous awards and conference presentations.