Marion Bessin Liver Research Center



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


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 (Medicine and Cell Biology, Pathology)
Liver Gene Regulation, Growth Control, and Liver Repopulation

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

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

Michael Brownlee, M.D., Professor (Medicine and Pathology)
Hepatic Carbohydrate Metabolism

Leslie E. Rogler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Liver Development and Gene Regulation 

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 [Endocrinology] and Developmental & Molecular Biology)


  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

carolinaCarolina I. Eliscovich, Ph.D., Associate
Regulation in Gene Expression in Liver Tissues

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

Matthew Levy, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Lipid Metabolism and Design of Novel Therapeutics 

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

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

Anne Muesch, Ph.D., Professor
Membrane Biology and Function

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

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

Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

Kami Kim, M.D., Professor (Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine [Infectious Diseases])

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, HBV and Hepatic Carcinogenesis 

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 

Peter Satir, Ph.D., Professor
Cytoskeleton Structure and Function

Birgit H. Satir, Ph.D., Professor (Anatomy and Structural Biology)
Mechanisms of Exocytosis (P. Satir, Wolkoff)


Ruth Angeletti, Ph.D., Professor (Biochemistry and Developmental & Molecular Biology
Characterization of Membrane Protein Transporters

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 Rubin, Ph.D., Professor (Molecular Pharmacology)
Gene Regulation

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)

George Y. Wu, Professor of Medicine and Physiology (University of Connecticut School of Medicine)
Drug and Nucleic Acid Targeting, Gene Therapy (J. & N. Roy Chowdhury) 

Phyllis M. Novikoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Mechanisms of Hepatic Oncogenesis (Wolkoff/Shafritz)

Neil D. Theise, M.D., Associate Professor (and Medicine)
Liver Repopulation and Stem Cell Biology

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

Supporting Faculty 

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

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

Tatyana Tchaikovskaya, Ph.D., Associate
Operational Manager, Molecular Biology and Next Generation Technologies Core Facility

Xia Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate
Operational Manager, Genetic Engineering and Gene Therapy Core Facility

External Advisory Committee 

Executive Committee 


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