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Indiana Center for Liver Research Investigators

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Gianfranco Alpini, PhD

John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine

Heather Francis, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Fanyin Meng, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Naga P. Chalasani, MD

David W. Crabb Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Zhihong(Joe) Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Jessica Maiers, PhD, BA

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Faculty, Post-Docs and Scientists

Jessie Bernard, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine

Lixian Chen, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Lindsey Kennedy, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Sachiko Koyama, MA, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Surgery

Keisaku Sato, PhD, MSC

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Nan Wu, MD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Tianhao Zhou, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Job Openings

The Indiana Center for Liver Research Center is seeking outstanding candidates for one scientist track faculty and one postdoctoral appointee in gastroenterology and hepatology.

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Alpini Lab

The Alpini Lab, led by Gianfranco Alpini, PhD, evaluates the regulation of cholangiocyte proliferation/damage during the progression of cholangiopathies, the chronic diseases that target intrahepatic cholangiocytes.
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Francis Lab

The Francis Lab, led by Heather Francis, PhD, focuses on understanding and identifying target therapies for cholangiopathies, chronic and often fatal liver diseases including primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and cholangiocarcinoma.
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Liangpunsakul Lab

The Liangpunsakul Lab, led by Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, focuses on the identification of non-invasive biomarkers to screen for excessive alcohol use and the molecular mechanism, risk factors, and treatment for alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD).
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Meng Lab

The research program of Fanyin Meng, PhD has been instrumental in the development of novel concepts about hepatobiliary regeneration/repair and the role of ncRNA in the initiation and perpetuation of chronic liver injury, aging and liver cancer.
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Yang Lab

Research in the Yang Lab, led by Zhihong (Joe) Yang, PhD is focused on the non-coding RNA’s roles in chronic liver disease, mainly in alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) and exploration of the role of H19 and methionine metabolism in ALD.
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