Jonathan R. T. Lakey
Ph.D., M.S.M

Dr. Lakey has had a long interest and research focus in diabetes and islet transplantation. Dr. Lakey graduated from the University of Alberta at Edmonton (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) and received postsecondary training in Indianapolis (IUPUI, Perdue) and Seattle (NWTC, UW) before returning to establish his research program at the University of Alberta. His contributions and partnership with Dr. James Shapiro led towards the improvement of islet isolation techniques and the “Edmonton Protocol” for patients with Type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Lakey is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, and Director of Research and the Clinical Islet Program in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Lakey has received several awards for his achievements in transplantation research from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), Canadian Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International. In addition, he was awarded a senior research scholar award from the AHFMR. Dr. Lakey has mentored several M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in his research laboratory and supported the training of technicians from several research and islet laboratories worldwide. Research been supported by grants from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NIH, NIDDK and the Iacocca Foundation.

Dr. Lakey sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards for diabetes biotechnology companies including Islet Sciences, Islet Sheet Medical, Metronom Health, Novi Therapeutics and Tri-Betic which resulted in several industry research grants for work in Dr. Lakey’s research laboratory. Dr. Lakey has presided over several key regulatory boards which have established safety standards for cell and tissue transplantation.

Dr. Lakey has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his groundbreaking research. Among his honors, Dr. Lakey was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science Award from the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Diabetes Association, Studentship Awards from the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation Trainee Award and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lakey was honored with the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada and was a recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal by the Province of Alberta.

Dr. Lakey is widely sought after as a speaker in the field of islet transplantation. He has been widely published with over 260 referred scientific papers and 29 book chapters, submitted over 520 scientific abstracts, and has recently published a technical book on islet isolation. Among his proudest achievements, Dr. Lakey and his team have successfully trained over 40 islet transplant centers worldwide in replicating the Edmonton Protocol, resulting in diabetic patients being freed of exogenous insulin injections. Dr. Lakey participates on the editorial review boards of several diabetes and transplantation journals, reviews manuscripts for several publications and has served as a Councilor of the Cell Transplant Society.