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Meet the Team

The NAFLD Research Center brings together multiple specialties and specialists at UC San Diego School of Medicine and elsewhere:

Claude Sirlin, MD, Professor of Radiology and Director of Liver Imaging Group, Department of Radiology

David Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology

Michael Karin, PhD, Distinguished ​Professor of Pharmacology and Ben and Wanda Hildyard Chair for Mitochondrial and Metabolic Diseases 

Karen Nelson, PhD, President, J. Craig Venter Institute 

Bernd Schnabl, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, provides expertise on pre-clinical studies in NASH and microbiome and its role in liver fibrosis

Tatiana Kisseleva, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, provides expertise on pre-clinical studies in NASH and NASH related fibrosis

Ariel Feldstein, MD, Chief of Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics and at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. He is a leading expert in the role of apoptosis in liver injury especially in NASH. Rates of NAFLD in children are rising. The condition affects almost 10 percent of U.S. children

Edward Dennis, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry and Biochemistry, director of LIPID MAPS Consortium

Larry Smarr, PhD, founding director of California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Nicholas Schork, PhD, Professor of Human Biology, J. Craig Venter Institute

Siddharth Singh, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, brings in knowledge of meta-analytic approaches to distill clinical evidence to inform practice guidelines

Marc Hellerstein, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Kinemed, Inc.

Shankar Subramaniam, PhD, Department of Bioengineering, Jacobs School of Engineering brings knowledge of systems biology to the center

NAFLD Research Center will also interface with the newly established Center for Microbiome Innovation led by Robert Knight, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science

Mark Valasek, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, and Cynthia Behling, MD, PhD, Associate Physician, provide expertise in human pathology

San Diego Integrated NAFLD Research Consortium