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Career Development

Protocols and Mentors

The proposed training is based on a close working relationship between trainees and faculty preceptors through a superior research project. The development of an acceptable research protocol is fundamental and, following review of the proposal at different levels, the investigation is initiated.

Through the successful construction of a protocol and execution of a project, you will:

  • Clarify your objectives.
  • Develop a plausible hypothesis.
  • Understand experimental design.
  • Become familiar with the theoretical and practical aspects of the methodology you employ.
  • Accumulate and analyze data accurately and effectively.
  • Describe results, providing an abstract for presentation at a national or international meeting.
  • Deliver a well-organized presentation, including the effective use of audiovisual techniques.

Later, it is expected that one or more manuscript(s) derived from this work will be accepted for publication by reputable peer-reviewed scientific journals. As part of the Academic Lecture Series offered to all fellows, you will learn how to write a paper.

The following faculty may serve as preceptors/mentors for fellows on the NIH track:

Basic/Disease-Oriented Investigators

Primary Faculty Member

Research Focus

Departmental Affiliation

Farrugia, G.

Smooth Muscle and Interstitial Cell Electrophysiology

Medicine (GI)

Gores, G.J.

Mechanisms of Liver Cell Injury, Biliary Carcinogenesis

Medicine (GI)

Kaufmann, S.H.

Mechanisms of Cytotoxicity of Anticancer Drugs


LaRusso, N.F.

Pathobiology of Biliary Epithelia

Medicine (GI)

McNiven, M.A.

Cytoskeleton and Vesicle Transport; Ethanol Cell Damage

Medicine (GI)

Nyberg, S.L.

Immunogenicity of a Xenogeneic Bioartificial Liver

Transplantation Surgery

Prendergast, F.G.

Structure Function Correlations in Proteins and Peptides

Biochemistry/Molecular Biol.

Roberts, L.

Molecular Genetics of Hepatocellular Cancer

Medicine (GI)

Sarr, M.G.

Enteric Function of the Transplanted Gut


Shah, V.

Regulation of Hepatic eNOS

Medicine (GI)

Sinicrope, F.

Colon Cancer

Medicine (GI)

Smith, D.I.

Cancer Genetics Common Fragile Sites


Stegall, M.D.

Role of Cellular Adhesion Molecules in Allograft Rejection

Transplantation Surgery

Szurszewski, J.H.

Mechanism of Control of Smooth Muscle Function


Thibodeau, S.N.

Molecular Genetics of Colorectal Cancer

Laboratory Med/Pathology

Urrutia, R.A.

Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Cell Differentiation

Medicine (GI)

Wettstein, P.J.

Immunogenetic Analysis of Minor Histocompatibility Antigens


Patient-Oriented Investigators

Primary Faculty Member

Research Focus

Departmental Affiliation

Ahlquist, D.A.

Markers for Colorectal Neoplasia (Screening)

Medicine (GI)

Bharucha, A.E.

Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Medicine (GI)

Camilleri, M.L.

Adrenergic and Serotoninergic Control of Gastrointestinal Motor and Sensory Function

Medicine (GI)

Chari, S.

RNA Microarray in Pancreatic Cancer-induced Diabetes

Medicine (GI)

Kim, W.R.

Mathematical Models to Assess and Predict Liver Transplantation Outcomes

Medicine (GI)

Lindor, K.D.

Clinical Trials in PSC, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and
Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis

Medicine (GI)

Melton, L.J.

Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Disease


Murray, J.A.

Celiac Disease, Immunogenetics of Gluten Sensitivity

Medicine (GI)

Nair, K.S.

In Vivo Regulation of Protein Dynamics

Medicine (Endocrinology)

Petersen, G.M.

Genetics and Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Cancers


Wang, K.

Barrett's Esophagus-Photodynamic Therapy

Medicine (GI)


  • Feb 26, 2014
  • ART719013