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, Eugene: Gut 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, Dionysios: Microbial ecology of digestive diseases
  • Barreiro, Luis: Evolution of our species and to which extent past selection events impact present-day susceptibility to disease
  • Basu, Anindita: Multi-disciplinary fields of microfluidics, genomics, and nano- and bio- materials​
  • Becker, Lev: Dissecting mechanisms by which macrophages contribute to disease using systems, immunological, and functional approaches​
  • Bell, Graeme: Molecular biology and genetics of complex diseases
  • Bendelac, Albert: Innate Lymphocytes
  • Bissonnette, Marc: Chemoprevention of colon cancer
  • Brady, Matthew: Adipose tissue in health and disease
  • Charlton, Michael: Liver transplantation, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis
  • Chervonsky, Alexander: Autoimmune disorders Enteric Microbiome Immunology
  • Claud, Erika: Diagnosis and treatment of preterm infants and conditions of the immature digestive tract
  • Cohen, Russell: Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, health care outcomes
  • Gilad, Yoav: Human genetics, gene regulation, and genome biology​
  • He, Chuan: Reversible DNA and RNA methylation in biological regulation
  • Henry, Christopher: Computational biology​
  • Huang, Jun: Molecular mechanisms and immune function of cells​
  • Hyman, Neil: Role of serotonin signaling in creating the clinical symptoms observed in a variety of GI diseases​
  • Jabri, Bana: Celiac disease, innate immunity of the GI tract, IBD
  • Kasthuri, Narayanan: Cellular and ultimately synaptic differences in diseased brains affected by autism, diabetes and stroke, among other diseases
  • Kee, Barbara: Determining the basic mechanisms that regulate lymphocyte development from hematopoietic stem cells
  • Kim, Karen: Epidemiology and outcomes of colorectal cancer
  • Krishnan, Yamuna: Nucleic acid-based Molecular Devices​
  • Kupfer, Sonia: Genetics of GI disorders including colorectal cancer and celiac disease
  • Li, Yanchun: Mucosal inflammation, colon cancer and diabetic complications
  • Moellering, Raymond: Metabolic signaling and protein post- translational modifications in disease
  • Nagler, Cathryn: Regulation of allergic responses to food by the commensal microbiota
  • Pan, Tao: Functional genomics and biology of tRNA including microbiomes
  • Pekow, Joel: Genomic studies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBD-associated cancer
  • Philipson, Louis: Regulation of intracellular calcium concentration, energy production, and insulin secretion in pancreatic islet beta cells, monogenic diabetes
  • Polite, Blase: Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Prendergast, Brian: Chronic disease and brain function: neuroinflamm atory processes and HPA axis
  • Randall, Glenn: Hepatitis C virus-host interactions
  • Rubin, David: Colorectal cancer, IBD, medical ethics
  • Semrad, Carol: Small bowel diseases (celiac disease, diarrhea, malabsorption) and nutrition
  • Sogin, Mitchell: Investigating the evolution of protists, many of which cause disease in humans​
  • Tay, Savas: Examining 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, Chris: Mechanisms by which tight junctions establish and regulate this barrier.
  • Yu, Michael: Computational and integrative approaches for systems biology
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