Organization and Leadership

The Pittsburgh Liver Research Center is a multidisciplinary center under the leadership of Dr. Paul Monga.  In combination with UPMC’s longstanding commitment to state-of-the-art clinical care for patients with an array of liver diseases, the School of Medicine is leading novel translational and basic research in many aspects of hepatic pathobiology.  Building on these existing strengths, the mission of the Liver Center is to enable and promote multidisciplinary research in all aspects of liver health and disease for improved clinical outcome. The Liver Center provides a platform to enhance, enrich, and synergize scientific interactions and collaborations among various investigators in the field of liver pathobiology who are currently residing in diverse departments.

Administrative Core

     Paul Monga, MD - Center Director

     Drew Feranchak, MD - Center Associate Director

Internal Advisory Board

     Ivet Bahar, PhD

     Timothy Billiar, MD

     Mark Gladwin, MD

     Thomas Kleyman, MD

     George Michalopoulos, MD, PhD

     Steven Reis, MD

     Robert E. Schoen, MD, MPH

     Ora Weisz, PhD

Advanced Cell and Tissue Imaging Core

     Donna Stolz, PhD, Director

Biospecimen Repository and Processing Core

     David Geller, MD, Co-Director

     Aatur Singhi, MD, PhD, Co-Director

Genomics and Systems Biology Core

     Jianhua Luo, MD, PhD, Co-Director

     Takis Benos, PhD, Co-Director

Enrichment Programs

     Kari Nejak-Bowen, MBA, PhD, Director

Pilot & Feasibility Grants

     Gavin Arteel, PhD, Director 

Special Interest Groups Team Leaders

     Chronic Liver Injury - Drew Feranchak, MD and Wen Xie, PhD

     Liver Tumorigenesis - Edward Prochownik, MD, PhD and Lans Taylor, PhD

     Regenerative Medicine - Ira Fox, MD and Alex Soto-Gutierrez, MD, PhD

External Advisory Board

     Frank A. Anania, MD
     Professor of Medicine
     Georgetown University School of Medicine

     Nicholas Davidson, MD, DSc
     John E. and Adaline Simon Professor of Medicine and of Developmental Biology
     Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
     Director, Digestive Disease Research Core Center
     Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

     Anna Mae Diehl, MD
     Professor of Medicine
     Florence McAlister Distinguished Professor of Medicine
     Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
     Duke University School of Medicine

     Jacquelyn Maher, MD
     Professor of Medicine
     Director of Liver Center
     University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

     Laura Nagy, PhD
     Professor of Molecular Medicine
     Staff, Departments of Pathobiology and Gastroenterology
     Director, Center for Liver Disease Research
     Lerner Research Institute Vice Chair for External Affairs
     Cleveland Clinic


PLRC Administrator - Amanda Bytzura