Dr. Liangpunsakul joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in July 2003, as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. He has since held a joint appointment as a clinical staff in the Gastroenterology section at the Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). He was promoted to Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2017. His research focuses on the identification of non-invasive biomarkers to screen for excessive alcohol use and the molecular mechanism, risk factors, and treatment for alcohol-induced liver injury. He is currently the principal investigator of several research projects funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (Merit Review) as well as the National Institute of Health (NIAAA and NIDDK).
He has written/co-written more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters. He is also the standing member of the NIH HBPP study section. In addition, he is an editorial board member of Hepatology, Hepatology Communications, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Dr. Liangpunsakul is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and currently serves as a member on AASLD Research Awards Committee . During his tenure at Indiana University, he was awarded the prestigious Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award in 2011 and Showalter Scholar in 2017. He was the past President of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR). In May 2019, he was appointed as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Roudebush VMAC.
Born in Thailand, Dr. Liangpunsakul completed his medical training at Prince of Songkhla
University, Thailand, in 1995, where he was awarded an MD degree, first class honors. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2000, and Gastroenterology training at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 2003. In addition, he completed Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Public Health in 2003.