UCSF Liver Center

Research Focus

The overall focus of the Center is on the integrative biology of the liver. Within this framework, the research performed by individual Center members is quite diverse, ranging from studies of basic liver cell biology to the investigation of liver physiology and pathophysiology in animal and human models to the evaluation of treatment practices and outcomes for patients with liver disease. Member research is divided among three themes:

  • Liver Injury and Repair: the study of responses to infectious and toxic insults to the liver.
  • Hepatic Physiology and Metabolism: the study of a variety of processes pertinent to liver function, from the most fundamental aspects of cell differentiation to genetic differences that cause variations in drug or nutrient metabolism.
  • Progenitor Cells, Growth and Development: the study of normal and abnormal processes of liver cell proliferation, including liver cancer.