Current Projects

Our research program focuses on the following areas:

  1. Mechanisms of hepatic and intestinal inflammation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, steatohepatitis, and liver cancer
  2. Immune mechanisms of cardiac remodeling (collaboration with Jop van Berlo)
  3. Mechanisms of obesity-related inflammation and food allergy
  4. Anti-inflammatory mechanisms of exercise training and bariatric surgery


Funding and Support

  1. R01DK122056 (NIH NIDDK). PI. Mechanisms of B Cell Pathogenicity in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. 2019-2024
  2. R01HL155993 (NIH NHLBI). MPI. Immune Mechanisms Regulating Cardiac Remodeling . 2020-2024
  3. Careers in Immunology Fellowship (American Association of Immunologists). Gut microbial factors promote B cell inflammatory responses in NAFLD. 2020-2021
  4. Bianco Seed Fund (Department of Surgery, UMN). MPI. Decreased Inflammation as a Mechanism of Bariatric Surgery in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. 2020-2021

Research Objective

Investigate immune mechanisms underlying cardio-metabolic complications of obesity

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