Current Members 

Andrew LaBrier, MBA, MHR, SHRM-CP

Andrew is the newest member of our team, and comes to us from within Washington University School of Medicine.  His diverse background, and wealth of experience will help us as we collaborate and develop the IBD Program.  As the IBD Program Manager, Andrew oversees the integration of academic, research, and clinical operations to ensure seamless continuity from the bench, to book, to bedside. 

"My goal is to make the Washington University IBD Center of Excellence the most well known in the country, and to be able to share in the vision of Dr. Ciorba; to improve quality-of-life for IBD patients regionally and globally through an interdisciplinary approach that integrates world-class patient care with transformative research and education." 

David Alvarado, PhD 

I was drawn to research because the nearly endless learning opportunities appealed to my insatiable curiosity.  I was born in California and earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida,  and my PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  I joined the Ciorba lab as a Postdoc in June of 2014, where I have continued my education in the fascinating fields of epithelial biology and cancer.  When I’m not in lab, I like to experience science directly in the field by running, hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and swimming.

Awards: NIH T32 Training Grant appointment (3T32DK077653-24S1) and W. M. Keck Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis (declined)

Terrance E. Riehl, PhD

Dr. Riehl joined the laboratory of Dr. William F. Stenson in the Division of Gastroenterology in 1987. He received his Masters degree at Rutgers University (1976) and his PhD at Ohio University (1981) in Plant Physiology. He completed Post Doctoral studies at Wake Forest University in the Department of biology, in the area of Developmental Plant Physiology, and in the Department of Chemistry, in the area of micellar chemistry and membrane mimetics. Dr. Riehl’s current research in the area of intestinal injury and repair is carried out under the guidance of Drs. Stenson & Ciorba.

Baosheng Chen, PhD 

I obtained my PhD at the Peking Union Medical College in China, where I studied the mechanisms of esophageal cancer.  In 2002, I joined the Sadovsky/Nelson lab at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine for my postdoctoral work that investigated the expression and function of NDRG1, PPARs, CTGF, ADRP, p53, and other genes, in placental trophoblasts, and the response of trophoblasts to hypoxia and other stresses.  After postdoctoral training, I kept working on placental apoptosis and autophagy, with an emphasis on investigating the molecular effects of pomegranate juice on these processes, and the potential role of pomegranate juice as a beneficial dietary supplement during pregnancy.  In 2016, I joined the Ciorba Lab as Senior Scientist, with a focus on studying the mechanisms and identifying potential drug targets of colitis-associated cancer.

Administrative Staff

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