Faculty Profile

Susan Safley

Susan A. Safley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.712.9676

E-mail: ssafley@emory.edu

Year Joined Emory Surgery as a Faculty Member: 2001


Dr. Safley works with Dr. Collin Weber in the Emory Diabetes and Parathyroid Disease Lab. She is involved in various projects, including developing the use of xenogeneic tissues as sources of donor islets; microencapsulation plus selective immune modulation of hosts as the means to accomplish cross-species islet graft survival; studying the causes of human parathyroid tumors and their functional characteristics, primarily through investigations of secreted products of human parathyroid tumors including neuropeptides and cytokines; and analyses of replication of parathyroid tumors of differing histopathologies.


  • Master of Science, University of Arkansas, 1977

  • PhD, Graduate Program of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Emory University, 1993

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory, 1993-1998

Honors and Awards

  • Founder Member, The Transplantation Society's Women Leaders in Transplantation, 2009

Organizational Memberships

  • Cell Transplant Society

  • International Transplantation Society

  • International Xenotransplantation Association

  • American Association of Immunologists

  • Sigma Xi, the Research Society of North America

Research Interests

  • Improving methods for transplanting islets as a therapy for Type I diabetes mellitus

  • Elucidating immunological mechanisms responsible for rejection or acceptance of microencapsulated allogeneic and xenogeneic islet grafts in diabetic NOD mice and non-human primates