Expert Qualifications

This expert's is a Physician-Scientist (M.D. and Ph.D) who serves as an attending hepatologist at a top tier university. He specializes the care of viral hepatitis (HCV and HBV) and other liver diseases. His research interests have been centered on hepatitis C virus (HCV) virology, pathogenesis, and virus-host interaction including immune response. For the past 10 years during his PhD and Post-Doctoral training, he has investigated viral-host interactions that regulate HCV viral replication through the activation of intracellular innate immune response. In recent years, he has focused on understanding how host cell innate immune pathways sense HCV infection and initiate the host response which involves type I interferon and proinflammatory cytokine production to regulate hepatic immunity. After a recent transition to an independent faculty position, his laboratory continues to investigate virus-host interactions that regulates disease outcome and pathogenesis of HCV infection. He has extensive expertise and skills in virology, cell signaling, cytokine biology, and cell biology. His role as a physician specializing in the care of viral hepatitis at an academic medical center offers the unique integration of basic science and clinical/translational science into the laboratory research program.

Bio Snapshot

  • Location, CA
  • PhD, Microbiology, Showa University School of Medicine
  • MD, Showa University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Showa University School of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Molecular Biology, Virology, and Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington
  • Former, Instructor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Current, Attending Hepatologist, Los Angeles County-University of a major university medical center
  • Current, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, and Pathology at a top tier university

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