Professional Society Service
Our research group is inspired by the challenges endured by patients affected by colon cancer and the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Our guiding goal is to make discoveries that will ultimately enhance quality-of-life for individuals affected by gastrointestinal cancer and intestinal inflammation. To achieve this goal, we are investigating novel ways to therapeutically target disease-related dysfunction of the gut epithelium.
Our research program thrives at the interface of cutting-edge science and personalized medicine. We use innovative basic-translational research approaches and actively engage with the robust clinical programs at WUSM to foster Bench to Bedside collaboration and discovery. Key techniques include human and murine epithelial stem cell culture (organoids), metabolomics, and microbial profiling molecular biology and genetic engineering, assays on tissues samples from patients with IBD and colon cancer as well as murine modeling of IBD and colon cancer.
Scientific Review Committees
2007-2010 Instructor of Medicine
2008-10 Director, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Clinical Fellowship
2010-2017 Assistant Professor of Medicine
2016-present Director of Research, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
2016-present Associate Director of GI Fellowship Program and Fellow Research (T32)
2017-present Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
2017 Associate Professor of Medicine
American Gastroenterology Association: Education and Training Committee, Continuing Medical Education Oversight Subcommittee, Research Awards Committee, Scientific Abstract Review Committee.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation: Medical Advisory Committee for Mid-America Chapter, Research Awards Committee
B.S.: Exercise Science, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, Iowa City, Iowa, 1996
M.D.: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 2001
Residency: Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007
IBD clinical fellowship: Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City 2007