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  • DDC Core Facilities

    The Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center (TMC DDC) assists GI researchers by organizing core facilities that provide expert services, assays, and advice that are not readily available. Core topics and core directors are listed below. To learn more or to access the TMC DDC online portal, visit: https://bcm.corefacilities.org/service_center/show_external/3445

    Core A. Administrative

    The Administrative Core provides governance, financial and operational management, and strategic planning functions for the DDC.

    Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H.

    Core B. Cellular and Molecular Morphology 

    The Morphology Core provides expertise, equipment and procedures relevant to GI research, makes available its specialized laboratory facilities to GI researchers, and aims to develop new tests that may be useful in clinical and basic research.

    Milton J. Finegold, M.D.
    Cellular and Molecular Morphology 

    Michael Mancini, Ph.D.
    Integrated Microscopy Core

    Cecilia Ljungberg, Ph.D.
    RNA In-Situ Hybridization Core

    Core C. Functional Genomics and Microbiome

    The Functional Genomics Core seeks to stimulate research in infection and injury states affecting the intestine and liver.

    James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.
    Functional Genomics and Microbiome Core

    Lisa White, Ph.D.
    Genomics and RNA Profiling Core

    Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.
    Microbiome and Metagenomics

    Core D. Integrative Biology

    The Integrative Biology Core provides training and service to DDC members and their research staff.

    Lenard M. Lichtenberger, Ph.D.

    Sundararajah Thevananther, Ph.D.

    Karen Uray, Ph.D.
    Associate Director

    Mary K. Estes, Ph.D
    Director of Enteroid Subcore

    Noah Shroyer, Ph.D.
    Associate Director of Enteroid Subcore

    Core E: Study Design & Clinical Research

    The Study Design and Clinical Research Core promotes the use of appropriate study design, statistical analyses, and interpretation for clinical and basic science investigators and assists basic science investigators in acquiring clinical specimens to facilitate their research.

    David Graham, M.D.

    Fasiha Kanwal M.D., MSHS


    Please credit the "NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, Center Grant P30 DK56338" in publications resulting from core usage or pilot funds.


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