Balamurugan N. Appakalai, PhD

Balamurugan Appakalai

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Balamurugan N. Appakalai, PhD, is a principal investigator in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research and a member of the pancreatic islet cell transplantation program at Nationwide Children’s.

Dr. Appakalai has extensive experience in processing human pancreases for clinical islet auto-transplantation and allo-transplantation for the treatment of brittle diabetes. He has been working in this field for over 25 years, focusing on advancing pancreatic islet cell isolation and transplantation to achieve long-term insulin-free status in patients.

He has been actively involved in the grant review process for NIH, ADA, JDRF and other international funding agencies and has presented nationally and internationally on his research on islet cell transplantation.

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Doctorate Christian Medical College, Vellore Date Completed: 12/31/1998
Master's University of Madras Date Completed: 12/31/1993
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Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Dr. Appakalai is shown wearing a white coat, standing near a window at Nationwide Children's

Meet Dr. Appakalai

Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT): Inside Dr. Balamurugan Appakalai's Lab