Comprehensive Liver Research Center at UCLA

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UCLA receives $1.5M in seed funds to launch 'Total MASLD' research

The mission of the Comprehensive Liver Research Center at UCLA is to understand every aspect of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD) as it relates to the diverse population of Los Angeles County; at UCLA, we call this 'Total MASLD.' 

State-of-the-art research cores

Supporting the groundbreaking work conducted in the center are state-of-the-art research cores. The Administrative Core, Human MASLD Core, Mouse Integrative Genetics and Phenotyping Core, and Liver Spatial Omics Core are efficient and provide services at economy-of-scale. 

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Liver Team

Meet our team

The Comprehensive Liver Research Center is team of 65+ NIH-funded basic, clinical, and community-engaging researchers at UCLA, the City of Hope in Duarte, CA, and our sister institutions, University of California, Irvine and Davis.

Latest News

Jihane Benhammou in the laboratory

Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD, receives seed grant for hepatocellular carcinoma research project

Dr. Benhammou was awarded a seed grant from the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation to study The Impact of Statins on Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Study principal investigators.

UCLA scientists receive $9.1 million from the NCI to improve early detection methods for cancer

A liquid biopsy is a promising non-invasive medical test using a small volume of blood that gives scientists insight into the genetic makeup of tumors.

Nuria Martinez-Lopez, PhD

UCLA study links fasting to mitochondrial splitting

In the study published in June, scientists examined the livers of mice that had been starved and identified the activated proteins, said Nuria Martinez-Lopez, PhD, the paper’s first author. They found that proteins in the mTORC2 cellular signaling pathway – known to be related to cell growth and metabolism – were activated by fasting.