Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis) are chronic immune-mediated diseases that are associated with considerable morbidity. My research focuses on several different aspects of inflammatory bowel disease. First, I am involved in large cohort studies that are attempting to examine established and novel environmental factors including diet that influence the risk of development of these diseases, and the natural history of both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This will help us better understand the pathogenesis of these conditions which will eventually lead to novel treatments. Second, in collaboration with leading geneticists, lab scientists, and immunologists, I am working to understand the clinical consequences of the over 100 genetic mutations associated with these diseases, and the association of such mutations with the environment. I am also conducting clinical research that examines the course of disease and response to various therapies with the aim of developing predictive models that can be used both to inform about disease course as well the likelihood of response to specific therapy. I am interested in novel tools to monitor disease activity and identify complications. Finally, my research aims to integrate these clinical and genetic data to develop predictors of natural history of disease and response to therapy, towards the overall goal of personalized medicine approach to diagnosis and therapy of these diseases.
I participate in clinical trials of novel therapies, and better use of existing therapies in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
No full time research positions. I welcome contact from trainees and researchers interested in clinical or outcomes research in IBD.