Toronto Organ Preservation Laboratory

Peter Urbanellis is currently a General Surgery resident at the University of Toronto and is completing his Ph.D. through the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program.  He graduated from undergraduate medical training at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario in 2014.
Prior to beginning his Ph.D. research, Peter has shown extensive interest in transplantation and immunology. Under the supervision of Dr. Gary Levy at UHN, he completed research in molecular and cellular immunology after establishing a mouse model of transplantation tolerance towards heterotopic cardiac allografts. Here, he showed rapamycin’s role in promoting regulatory T-cells in order to establish tolerance in this model.  In addition to publishing this in highly ranked journals, he has also presented these findings in oral and poster sessions at the International Congress of the Transplantation Society, the American Transplant Congress, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the American Association of Immunology. In 2010, this work earned him a M.Sc. in the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto.
With the mentorship of Dr. Markus Selzner, his present research examines the viability and function of renal grafts following normothermic ex-vivo kidney perfusion. He intends to utilize the skills and knowledge from this experience to further his career in academic surgery. 

Peter Urbanellis