Research Training in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (T32 DK007074)

Program DirectorEugene B Chang

Administrator: Lynn Kaczmarz
Phone: 4-5811
Fax: 2-3133

Openings: 2 Predoctoral, 6 Postdoctoral

The major goal of this program is to train young physicians as well as pre- and postdoctoral students to become independent, productive investigators in the fields of adult and pediatric digestive diseases and/or nutrition. This program is truly multidisciplinary as well as multi-departmental in scope. The program offers a well-balanced and broad curriculum in a diverse area of fields pertaining to digestive diseases and nutrition. The program also offers its students the opportunity to attend national meetings, workshops and symposia. Minority students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Training Faculty:

  • Chang, EugeneGut microbiome, host-microbe interactions, and disease mechanisms of the gut in states of health and disease
  • Alverdy, John: Molecular mechanisms and mediators of gut-derived microbial sepsis
  • Antonopoulos, DionysiosMicrobial ecology of digestive diseases
  • Barreiro, LuisEvolution of our species and to which extent past selection events impact present-day susceptibility to disease
  • Basu, AninditaMulti-disciplinary fields of microfluidics, genomics, and nano- and bio- materials​
  • Becker, LevDissecting mechanisms by which macrophages contribute to disease using systems, immunological, and functional approaches​
  • Bell, GraemeMolecular biology and genetics of complex diseases
  • Bendelac, AlbertInnate Lymphocytes
  • Bissonnette, MarcChemoprevention of colon cancer
  • Brady, Matthew: Adipose tissue in health and disease
  • Charlton, MichaelLiver transplantation, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis
  • Chervonsky, AlexanderAutoimmune disorders Enteric Microbiome Immunology
  • Claud, ErikaDiagnosis and treatment of preterm infants and conditions of the immature digestive tract
  • Cohen, RussellCrohn's, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, health care outcomes
  • Eren, A. MuratEcology of microbes​
  • Gilad, YoavHuman genetics, gene regulation, and genome biology​
  • He, ChuanReversible DNA and RNA methylation in biological regulation
  • Henry, ChristopherComputational biology​
  • Huang, JunMolecular mechanisms and immune function of cells​
  • Hyman, NeilRole of serotonin signaling in creating the clinical symptoms observed in a variety of GI diseases​
  • Jabri, BanaCeliac disease, innate immunity of the GI tract, IBD
  • Kasthuri, NarayananCellular and ultimately synaptic differences in diseased brains affected by autism, diabetes and stroke, among other diseases
  • Kee, BarbaraDetermining the basic mechanisms that regulate lymphocyte development from hematopoietic stem cells
  • Kim, KarenEpidemiology and outcomes of colorectal cancer
  • Krishnan, YamunaNucleic acid-based Molecular Devices​
  • Kupfer, SoniaGenetics of GI disorders including colorectal cancer and celiac disease
  • Li, YanchunMucosal inflammation, colon cancer and diabetic complications
  • Moellering, RaymondMetabolic signaling and protein post- translational modifications in disease
  • Nagler, CathrynRegulation of allergic responses to food by the commensal microbiota
  • Pan, TaoFunctional genomics and biology of tRNA including microbiomes
  • Pekow, JoelGenomic studies in Inflamamatory Bowel Disease and IBD-associated cancer
  • Philipson, LouisRegulation of intracellular calcium concentration, energy production, and insulin secretion in pancreatic islet beta cells, monogenic diabetes
  • Polite, BlaseGastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Prendergast, BrianChronic disease and brain function: neuroinflamm atory processes and HPA axis
  • Randall, GlennHepatitis C virus-host interactions
  • Rubin, DavidColorectal cancer, IBD, medical ethics
  • Semrad, CarolSmall bowel diseases (celiac disease, diarrhea, malabsorption) and nutrition
  • Sogin, MitchellInvestigating the evolution of protists, many of which cause disease in humans​
  • Tay, SavasExamining how signaling pathways control cellular decision-making
  • Verma, Ritu: Holistic approach to research that merges adult and pediatric robust basic science research in celiac disease, and food allergies
  • Weber, ChrisMechanisms by which tight junctions establish and regulate this barrier.
  • Yu, Michael: Computational and integrative approaches for systems biology
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