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

Drew Feranchak, MD*

Center Associate Director

Internal Advisory Board

Advanced Cell and Tissue Imaging Core

Biospecimen Repository and Processing Core

Genomics and Systems Biology Core

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 TumorigenesisEdward Prochownik, MD, PhD and Lans Taylor, PhD

Regenerative MedicineIra 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 AdministratorAmanda Bytzura