The PhD program focusing on Digestive Diseases prepares students to conduct independent research in comparative hepatobiliary diseases. The program is led by a diverse group of scientists with both clinical and basic science research backgrounds.
Currently there are two areas of focus within the program. One area is the investigation of the molecular mechanisms governing bile formation. In particular, research is centered on studying the signal transduction pathways that regulate basolateral and canalicular hepatocellular transport proteins. Another area of research focuses on hepatocyte apoptosis in the normal and diseased liver. More information can be found on the Department of Biomedical Sciences' Digestive Diseases page.
Students who choose to perform their thesis research in the Digestive Diseases program will receive training in a wide variety of molecular, genetic and pharmacologic techniques using both primary hepatocyte cultures and hepatoma cell lines.