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The Johns Hopkins Center for Epithelial Disorders focuses on research into the physiology and pathophysiology of epithelial cells (cells that line the cavities and interior surfaces of the body) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, pancreas and kidney. Specifically, the center’s research seeks to:
The center also provides a framework for training fellows in gastroenterology and hepatology to become independent investigators.
Director: Mark Donowitz, M.D.
Sandra Guggino, Ph.D.
Joseph Handler, M.D.
Charles Heilig, M.D., Ph.D.
Ann Hubbard, Ph.D.
Olga Kovbasnjuk, Ph.D.
Moo Kwon, Ph.D.
Cynthia Sears, M.D.
Chung-Ming Tse, Ph.D.
The center is funded primarily through individual investigator-initiated extramural research grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In addition, an NIH-supported Program Project Grant (PPG) in digestive diseases provides support. The PPG provides common resources in the form of service core facilities, including a Cell Culture Core and a Fluorescence Imaging Core. The core includes a laser confocal microscope and a two-photon microscope.