​​​​Center Directors

Bernd Schnabl, MD
Professor of Medicine

Lars Eckmann, MD
Professor of Medicine



Center Description

The San Diego Digestive Diseases Research Center (SDDRC) draws on the ever-expanding biomedical research enterprise in the San Diego area, and the opportunity to select a unique subset of academic investigators for Center membership, whose work complements the thematic focus of the Center on "Inflammation in the Digestive Tract." Center investigators conduct outstanding research related to inflammation, immunity, and host-microbial interactions in both gastrointestinal tract and liver. Topics range from basic mechanisms governing inflammation, the role of infection, immune and inflammatory responses in preclinical studies, to translational studies and clinical trials with human tissues and well-defined patient populations.

​The primary goal of the Center is to provide services to the research laboratories of the SDDRC members.​ The Center supports three interrelated Biomedical Research Cores that are designed to enhance the research potential and productivity of the Center members: the Human Translational Core, the Preclinical Models, and the Microbiomics and Functional Genomics Core. Another major goal of the San Diego Digestive Diseases Research Center is to enhance new digestive diseases research through Pilot/Feasibility and Enrichment programs. 

The Center is supported by NIDDK grant P30 DK120515.

Center News

Apply for​ 2023-24 Pilot/Feasibility Awards​

New Microbiomics and Functional Genomics Core Core Director


Professor, Department of Pathology, Director of IPATH Laboratory, Director of Microbiology​