Research Dedicated to Variety of Liver Diseases

Advanced Liver Therapies at Baylor College of Medicine is a clinical research center dedicated exclusively to the development of new diagnostic tests and therapies for adults with liver diseases.

Advanced Liver Therapies provides studies for a variety of liver diseases, including:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • Anti-fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis


As an important initiative of the Office of Clinical Research efforts, the ALT:

  • Collaborates with scientists to establish translational research
  • Advocates to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop new tests and therapies
  • Provides advisors for new research protocol designs
  • Publishes research results in peer-reviewed publications

Meet Our Team

Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Vierling is the director and principal investigator at Advanced Liver Therapies, a clinical research unit devoted to hepatobiliary diseases. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. 


  • Paula Westergren, FNP - Research Nurse Practitioner
  • Jana Lee, RN - Research Nurse
  • Eva Zimmerman - Regulatory Coordinator
  • Catalina Gutierrez - Senior Research Coordinator
  • Kathy Cambiano - Senior Research Coordinator
  • Tri Nguyen - Senior Project Coordinator
  • Thuy-An Nguyen - Project Coordinator