Liver NPC stainingThe Pittsburgh Liver Research Center strives to provide its members with meaningful and relevant enrichment programs.

The Seminar series features established liver researchers and clinicians from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC as well as from other universities and hospitals. Seminars are held one Monday each month.

The Special Interest Group (SIG) Roundtables are designed to exhibit the connection between work within clinics and labs. Clinicians and basic scientists are paired by topic for these sessions, with both presenters having the opportunity to explicate the topic from the perspective of their own work. The goal is to foster translational science, dialogue, and collaboration among the members of the Center. Each SIG meets once every 6 weeks.


PLRC Seminar Series: Dr. Michael Karin @ S120 BST South and Zoom
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Karin, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology
University of California San Diego

Title: “Control of liver metabolism and tumorigenesis by a novel NRF2-FBP1 auto regulatory loop”


Pathology Department Research Seminar Series: Dr. Paul Monga @ Zoom
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Paul Monga, MD

Director, Pittsburgh Liver Research Center
Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Vice Chair and Chief for the Division of Experimental Pathology
Title WNTer in Liver:  Implications in Biology and Repair
This seminar is being presented by the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. It is being co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center.
Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Annual Retreat @ Ballroom A, University Club
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for the annual Pittsburgh Liver Research Center Retreat for a day of scientific presentations, networking with colleagues, and food and drinks. The keynote presentation will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm by Dr. Gyongyi Szabo. Dr. Szabo is the Mitchell T. Rabkin, M.D. Chair, Professor of Medicine, and Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard Medical School and Chief Academic Officer at Beth Israel Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

PLRC members have received information on the full agenda for the event, and information on how to RSVP. Please email Amanda Bytzura at should you have any questions. 



PLRC Retreat Keynote Presentation: Dr. Gyongyi Szabo @ Ballroom A, University Club
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD
Mitchell T. Rabkin, M.D. Chair
Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs
Harvard Medical School
Chief Academic Officer
Beth Israel Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Title: TBD

PLRC Seminar Series: Dr. Silvia Vilarinho @ S120 BST and Zoom
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program
Yale School of Medicine
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Title: “Genomics as a roadmap to understand and treat liver disease”

2022 Virtual Liver Cancer Conference @ Virtual
Oct 29 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
PLRC Seminar Series: Dr. Drew Feranchak @ S120 BST South and Zoom
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Drew Feranchak, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Associate Director, Pittsburgh Liver Research Center
University of Pittsburgh

Title: TBD


PLRC Seminar Series: Dr. Rio Sugimura @ S120 BST and Zoom
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Rio Sugimura, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor
The University of Hong Kong

Title: TBD


PLRC Seminar Series: Dr. John Lemasters @ S120 BST South and Zoom
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

John Lemasters, MD, PhD
Professor and GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Endowed Chair
Director, Center for Cell Death, Injury & Regeneration
Departments of Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Title: “Role of Mitochondria in Hepatic Pathobiology – Examples from Hepatotoxicity and Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis”

PLRC Virtual Seminar Series: Dr. Josepmaria Argemi @ Zoom
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Josepmaria Argemi, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator, Hepatology Program of the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA)
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona, Spain

Title: “Opportunities and challenges of IO combinations in HCC: from clinical trials to real world”