Genetic Research Centers

The GRCs are functional units: PI, research coordinator, clinicians and analysts, charged with project development and subject recruitment.

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    • PI: Dermot B. P. McGovern MD, PhD, FRCP Director, Translational Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Joshua L and Lisa Z Greer Endowed Chair in IBD Genetics; F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute
    • Clinicians:Stephan Targan, MD; Phillip Fleshner, MD; Gil Y. Melmed, MD; and Shervin Rabizadeh, MD, MBA
    • Analysts: Talin Haritunians, PhD; Dalin Li, PhD; Shishir Dube, PhD; and Greg Botwin
    • Research Study Team: Gildardo Barron; Emy Dacalos; Emebet Mengesha; and Debra Dutridge, MA
    • GRC Affiliates: Stephan Targan, MD; David Underhill, PhD; Kathrin Michelsen, PhD; and Suzanne Devkota, PhD (Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute, Cedars-Sinai); Phillip Fleshner, MD (Colorectal Surgery Research, Cedars-Sinai); Gil Y. Melmed, MD (Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai); Shervin Rabizadeh, MD MBA (Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Cedars-Sinai); Janine Bilsborough, PhD (IBD Drug Development, Cedars-Sinai); Simon Gayther, PhD and Dennis Hazelett, PhD (Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, Cedars-Sinai); Jon Braun, MD PhD (David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA); Thad Stappenbeck, MD PhD and Ta-Chiang Liu, MD PhD (Washington University, St Louis); Kyuyoung Song, PhD (University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea); Yoichi Kakuta, MD PhD (Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (MSSM)
    • PI: Judy H. Cho MD Director, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Precision Medicine, Professor Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Professor Medicine, Gastroenterology
    • Clinicians: Bruce Sands MD; Ryan Ungaro, MD
    • Analysts: Yuval Itan PhD; Mamta Giri MS
    • Research Study Team: Daphne Derose; Katrina Svoboda; Karan Amlani; Wasie Karim; Ernie Chen; Nicole Villaverde
    • GRC Affiliates: Miriam Merad MD,PhD; Adeep Rahman PhD; Ephraim Kenigsberg PhD; Clara Abraham, MD (Yale School of Medicine)
  • Montréal-Boston Collaborative IBD Genetic Research Center
    • PI: John D. Rioux, PhD Canada Research Chair; Professor of Medicine; Director, Laboratory of Genetics and Genomic Medicine of Inflammation; Director, Integrative Biology Platform (Université de Montréal and Montreal Heart Institute)
    • Clinicians: Alain Bitton MD (McGill University, McGill University Health Center); Talat Bessissow MD (McGill University Health Center)
    • Analysts: Gabriel Boucher MS
    • Research Study Team: Rita Kohen (Montreal General Hospital)
    • GRC Affiliates: Mark J Daly PhD (The Broad Institute; Massachusetts General Hospital); Ramnik Xavier MD (Massachusetts General Hospital; The Broad Institute)
  • Rutgers University - Johns Hopkins Genetic Research Center
    • PI: Steven R. Brant, MD Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Clinicians: Mark Lazarev MD (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
    • Analysts:
    • Research Study Team: Lisa Datta MS (Johns Hopkins University)
    • GRC Affiliates:
  • University of Pittsburgh
    • PI: Richard H. Duerr, MD Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetic Research Chair; Professor of Medicine, Human Genetics, and Clinical and Translational Science; Co-Director and Scientific Director, UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
    • Clinicians: Miguel Regueiro MD
    • Analysts: Takos Benos PhD; Wei Chen PhD
    • Research Study Team: Vessela Miladinova
    • GRC Affiliates: Jon Davison MD
  • University of Toronto, Samuel Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
    • PI: Mark Silverberg, MD, PhD, FRCPC Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Clinician-scientist, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital; Gastroenterologist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group, Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Clinicians: Karen Boland MD
    • Analysts: Boyko Kabakchiev PhD
    • Research Associate: Michelle Smith, PhD
    • Study Coordinator: Joanne Stempak MSc, CCRP; Nithla Mohanathas; Beatrice Luu; Grace Chan
    • GRC Affiliates: Ken Croitoru MD,PhD,FRCP (University of Toronto); David Guttman PhD (University of Toronto Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution & Function); Mathieu Lupien PhD; and Daniel De Carvalho PhD (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/OICR, University of Toronto)