Key investigator

  • Simon W. Beaven, MD, PhD

Current research projects

  • Genetics of liver fibrosis and development of novel biomarkers of liver fibrosis
  • Rare GI diseases: Porphyrias and familial mediterranean fever (FMF)
  • Readmission rates for decompensated liver cirrhosis
  • Adenoma detection rates at Olive-View Medical Center
  • Quality improvement projects in GI and Hepatology at Olive View Medical Center

Key publications - Full list on PubMed

  1. Hui ST, Kurt Z, Tuominen I, Norheim F, Davis RC, Pan C, Dirks DL, Magyar CE, French SW, Krishnan KC, Sabir S, Campos-Perez F, Sanchez NM, Macias-Kauffer L, Leon-Mimila P, Canizales-Quinteros S, Yang X, Beaven SW, Huertas-Vazquez A, Lusis AJ. The genetic architecture of diet-induced hepatic fibrosis in miceHepatology, 2018 Jun 16. doi: 10.1002/hep.30113
  2. **O’Mahony F, Wroblewski K, O’Byrne SM, Jiang H, Clerkin K, Benhammou J, Blaner WS, Beaven SWLiver X receptors balance lipid stores in hepatic stellate cells through Rab18, a retinoid responsive lipid droplet proteinHepatology, 62(2):615-26, 2015.
  3. Clark PM, Flores G, Evdokimov NM, McCracken NM, Chai T, Nair-Gill E, O’Mahony F, Beaven SW, Faull KF, Phelps ME, Jung ME, Witte ON. Positron emission tomography probe demonstrates a striking concentration of ribose salvage in the liverProc Natl Acad Sci USA, 111(28):E2866-84, 2014.
  4. **Beaven SW, Matveyenko A, Wroblewski K, Chao L, Wilpitz D, Hsu TW, Lentz J, Drew B, Hevener AL, Tontonoz P. Reciprocal regulation of hepatic and adipose lipogenesis by LXRs in obesity and insulin resistanceCell Metabolism, 18(1):106-17, 2013.
  5. Ribas V, Drew BG, Zhou Z, PHun J, Lakajian NY, Soleymani T, Daraei P, Widjaja K, Wanagat J, de Aguiar Vallim TQ, Fluitt AH, Bensinger S, Le T, Radu C, Whitelegge P, Beaven SW, Tontonoz P, Lusis AJ, Parks BW, Vergnes L, Reue K, Singh H, Bopassa JC, Toro L, Stefani E, Watt MJ, Schenk S, Akerstrom T, Kelly M, Pedersen BK, Hewitt SC, Korach KS, Hevener AL. Skeletal muscle action of estrogen receptor a is critical for the maintenance of mitochondrial function and metabolic homeostasis in femalesSci Transl Med, 2016 Apr 13;8(334):334ra54. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aad3815
  6. Chen X, McClusky R, Chen J, Beaven SW, Tontonoz P, Arnold AP, Reue K. The number of X chromosomes causes sex differences in adiposity in micePLoS Genetics, 8(5):e1002709, 2012.
  7. Hong C, Kidani Y, A-Gonzalez N, Phung T, Ito A, Rong X, Ericson K, Mikkola H, Beaven SW, Miller LS, Shao WH, Cohen PL, Castrillo A, Tontonoz P, Bensinger SJ. Coordinate regulation of neutrophil homeostasis by liver X receptors in miceJ. Clinical Investigation, 122(1): 337-47, 2012.
  8. **Beaven SW, Wroblewski K, Wang J, Hong C, Bensinger S, Tsukamoto H, Tontonoz P. LXR signaling is a determinant of stellate cell activation and susceptibility to fibrotic liver diseaseGastroenterology, 140(3): 1052-62, 2011.
  9. **Beaven SW, Tontonoz, P. Nuclear receptors in lipid metabolism: targeting the heart of dyslipidemiaAnnu Rev Med, 57:313-329, 2006.
  10. Banck MS, Beaven SW, Narla G, Walsh MJ, Beutler AS, Friedman SL. KLF6 degradation after apoptotic DNA damageFEBS Letters, 580(30):6981-86, 2006.
  11. Chen M, Bradley MN, Beaven SW, Tontonoz P. Phosphorylation of the liver X receptorsFEBS Letters, 580(20):4835-41, 2006.
  12. Chen M, Beaven SW, Tontonoz P. Identification and characterization of two alternatively spliced transcript variants of human liver X receptor alphaJ. Lipid Research, 107(2):610-18, 2005.

** = Required reading for those interested in joining the lab


Past GI research fellows

  •  Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD

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