Marion Bessin Liver Research Center


Department of Medicine 

Allan W. Wolkoff, M.D., Professor (Medicine and Anatomy and Structural Biology)
Cell Biology of the Liver, Organic Anion Transport 

David A. Shafritz, M.D., Professor Emeritus (Medicine and Cell Biology, Pathology)
Liver Gene Engineering, Growth Control, and Liver Repopulation

Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D., Professor (and Molecular Pharmacology)
Regulation of Lipogenic Gene Transcription and de novo Lipogenesis; Adipocyte and Liver Biology


Jayanta Roy-Chowdhury, M.B.B.S., Professor (Medicine and Genetics)
Bilirubin Metabolism, Genetic Diseases, Gene Therapy

Namita Roy-Chowdhury, Ph.D., Professor (Medicine and Genetics)
Bilirubin Metabolism,  Glucuronidation, Gene Therapy

Sanjeev Gupta M.D., B.S., Professor (Medicine and Pathology)
Hepatocyte Transplantation and Gene Therapy


David Q. H. Wang M.D., Ph.D. Professor (Medicine)
Bile Acids and Lipid Metabolism; NAFLD

Rajat Singh, M.D., M.B.B.S., Associate Professor (Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology)
Autophagy, Regulation of Lipid Metabolism; Energy Homeostasis

Fajun Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, (Medicine and Developmental & Molecular Biology)
Molecular Mechanisms of Gene Expression in Nutrient Homeostasis


Matthew J. Akiyama, M.D., Assistant Professor (General Internal Medicine)
Infectious Diseases; HIV; HCV; Hepatitis C and Linkage to Care in the Criminal Justice System

Eva K. Billerbeck, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Hepatology)
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

carolinaCarolina Eliscovich, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
Regulation of Gene Expression

Victor L. Schuster, M.D., Professor (Physiology & Biophysics)
Fatty Liver Disease


Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology 

Robert H. Singer, Ph.D, Professor (Anatomy and Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Cell Biology)
Single mRNA Molecules from Cradle to Grave

U. Thomas Meier, Ph.D., Professor
Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Transport

Arne Gennerich, Ph.D., Associate Professor                
Molecular Motors for Cellular Trafficking


Department of Biochemistry 

Maureen J. Charron, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Medicine and OB/Gyn & Women's Health
Glucose Metabolism and Glucose Transporters

Ian M. Willis, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Systems & Computational Biology
Transcription of Small RNAs by RNAPolymerase III


Department of Cell Biology 

Pamela M. Stanley, Ph.D., Professor
Carbohydrates and Cell Membranes

Arthur I. Skoultchi, Ph.D., Professor
Regulation of Gene Expression and Differentiation

Wenjun Guo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Stem Cell Biology


Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology 

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Developmental & Molecular Biology and Medicine and Anatomy & Structural Biology
Autophagy and Aging

Duncan W. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor
Membrane Function and Endocytosis; Viral Trafficking

Liang Zhu, Professor (Developmental and Molecular Biology and Medicine)
Regulation of the Cell Cycle 


Anne Muesch, Ph.D., Professor
Mechanisms to Establish Cell Polarity

Andreas Jenny, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Developmental & Molecular Biology and Genetics)
Fz-Adapter Protein Dsh Regulated by Phosphorylation, Autophagy

Esperanza Arias-Perez, Ph.D., Instructor, Autophagy and Aging


Department of Genetics 

Nicholas E. Baker, Ph.D., Professor (Genetics and Developmental & Molecular Biology and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Organ Development in Drosophila 

John M. Greally, M.B, B.Ch., Ph.D., Professor (Genetics and Medicine/Hematology) 
Epigenomics, Gene Regulation, HCV-Mediated Oncogenesis

Jan Vijg, Ph.D., Professor (and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Genome Instability as a Possible Cause of Aging; Genome Maintenance and its Role as a Longevity Assurance System; Epigenetics of Aging and Cancer; Single-Cell Genomics and Epigenomics


Department of Molecular Pharmacology 

Jonathan Backer, M.D., Professor
Signal Transduction


Department of Neuroscience 

David C. Spray, Ph.D., Professor (Neuroscience and Medicine/Cardiology)
Gap Junction Function


Department of Pediatrics 

Robert D. Burk, M.D., Professor (Pediatrics; Epidemiology & Population Health; Microbiology & Immunology; OB/Gyn & Women's Health)
Molecular Genetics and Viral-Mediated Oncogenesis, Microbiome and Disease


Department of Radiation Oncology 

Chandan Guha, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Professor (Radiation Oncology and Pathology)
Radiation Liver Injury and Cell Transplantation

Patrik K. M. Asp, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Surgery
Establishment and Maintenance of Cellular Identity


Faculty Emeritus 



Antonia Follenzi, M.D., Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor (Pathology) 
Hepatic Gene Therapy (Gupta)

Susan B. Horwitz, Ph.D., Professor  (Molecular Pharmacology)
Multidrug Resistance Genes, Microtubules (Wolkoff)

Margaret C. Kielian, Ph.D., Professor (Cell Biology)
Membrane Biogenesis and Function (Wolkoff)


Jack Lenz, Ph.D., Professor (Genetics and Microbiology & Immunology)
Oncogenes and Liver Cancer (C. Rogler)

Vinayaka Prasad, Ph.D., Professor (Microbiology/Immunology)
Vector Methodology (J. Roy Chowdhury)

Charles E. Rogler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, and Genetics)
Molecular Studies of HBV, Woodchuck Hepatitis Virus and Liver Cancer


Carl Schildkraut, Ph.D., Professor (Cell Biology)
Control of the Eukaryotic Cell Cycle (Shafritz)

Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D., Professor (Biochemistry)
Intracellular Metabolism (Charron)

Victor L. Schuster, M.D., Professor (Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics)
Membrane Transport in Liver and Kidney


E. Richard Stanley, Ph.D., Professor (Developmental and Molecular Biology)
Cellular Growth Factors (Wolkoff, Gupta, Shafritz)

John W. Murray, Ph.D., Instructor
Endocytic Sorting on Microtubules 


Supporting Faculty 

Amanda P. Beck, DVM, Assistant Professor (Pathology), Animal Histology

Frank Macaluso, M.Sc., Senior Associate
Director of Electron Microscopy, Analytical Imaging Facility

David Neufeld, Ph.D., Associate
Operations Director, Animal Models, Stem Cells, and Cell Therapy Core Facility


Kathryn E. Tanaka, M.D., Associate Professor (Pathology), Human Histology/Pathology

Tatyana Tchaikovskaya, Ph.D., Associate
Operations Director, Molecular Biology and Next Generation Technologies Core Facility

Xia Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate
Operations Director, Genetic Engineering and Gene Therapy Core Facility


External Advisory Committee 

Executive Committee 



Allan W. Wolkoff, MD
Professor (Medicine and Anatomy and Structural Biology)

Associate Director
David A. Shafritz, MD
Professor (Medicine and Cell Biology, Pathology)


Contact Us

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
625 Ullmann Building
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718.430.2098