University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nora E. Sarvetnick, PhD

Professor, UNMC Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
Research Director, UNMC Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Holland Regenerative Medicine Program, UNMC

Dr. Nora Sarvetnick

Dr. Sarvetnick began her scientific career in the areas of genetics and immunology with a specific interest in diabetes. She became the director of the Holland Regenerative Medicine Program in November 2010. She was first recruited to join the surgery transplant team at UNMC as director of research, in the fall of 2008. Prior to coming to UNMC, the New Jersey native had been a professor for 18 years at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California.

Dr. Sarvetnick’s team at the Holland Regenerative Medicine Program wants to understand factors that contribute to the auto-inflammatory destruction of tissues. This knowledge will help them design new treatments aimed at predicting and curing diabetes. She has been involved in immunology research for 20 years and has made many seminal discoveries regarding the immunological basis of disease. Her group has developed numerous animal models that have been used to advance the field. They are now transitioning toward clinical immunology.

  • PhD: Department of Biochemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Fellowship: MDA, Genentech Inc.