- Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD
Hepatology and health services research
The Benhammou Laboratory focus is to understand the predictors, pathogenesis and clinical outcomes of non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) and fatty liver-associated hepatocellular carcinoma in different ethnic populations. To this end, the laboratory conducts multidisciplinary clinical and translational research at UCLA and Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Systems. The success of these projects depend on collaboration across fields including transplant hepatology and surgery, human genetics, and human health services.
Current research projects
- Understanding tumor growth in different etiologies of HCC and theirs effects on overall and recurrence-free survivals
- Determining the transcriptional profile of NAFLD associated HCC in patients undergoing treatment for HCC
- Developing prediction models for HCC in NAFLD patients with and without cirrhosis
- Assessing the prevalence of NAFLD in the hepatitis C-DAA treated patient population who has reached sustained virological response to help risk stratify patients post treatment in hepatology clinics
Funding and support
- AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award, 2019-2021
- CURE Pilot and Feasibility Grant, 2019-2020
- CTSI CHIME Award, 2019-2020
- Benhammou JN. Emerging Risk Factors for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Associaed Hepatocellular Carcicnoma. Hepatoma Res. 2020;6(35). Epub 2020/06/18
- Benhammou JN, Aby ES, Shirvanian G, et al. Improved Survival After Treatments of Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Sci Rep. 2020;10(1):9902. Epub 2020/06/20
- Aby ES, Winters AC, Lin J, Bui A, Kawamoto J, Goetz MB, Bhattacharya D, Pisegna JR, May FP, Patel AA, Benhammou JN. A Telephone and Mail Outreach Program Successfully Increases Uptake of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Surveillance. Hepatol Commun. 2020;4(6):825-33. Epub 2020/06/04
- Benhammou JN, Ko A, Alvarez M, et al. Novel Lipid Long Intervening Noncoding RNA, Oligodendrocyte Maturation-Associated Long Intergenic Noncoding RNA, Regulates the Liver Steatosis Gene Stearoyl-Coenzyme A Desaturase As an Enhancer RNA. Hepatol Commun. 2019;3(10):1356-72. Epub 2019/10/09
- Garske KM, Pan DZ, Miao Z, Bhagat YV, Comenho C, Robles CR, Benhammou JN, et al. Reverse Gene-Environment Interaction Approach to Identify Variants Influencing Body-Mass Index in Humans. Nat Metab. 2019;1(6):630-42. Epub 2019/09/21
- Aby ES, Benhammou JN, Tabibian JH. My Doctor Told Me I Have Fatty Liver-What Do I Need to Know? JAMA Intern Med. 2019. Epub 2019/07/02
- Dong TS, Aby ES, Benhammou JN, et al. Metabolic Syndrome Does Not Affect Sustained Virologic Response of Direct-Acting Antivirals While hepatitis C Clearance Improves Hemoglobin A1c. World J Hepatol. 2018;10(9):612-21. Epub 2018/10/13
- Benhammou JN, Dong TS, May FP, et al. Race Affects SVR12 in a Large and Ethnically Diverse Hepatitis C-Infected Patient Population Following Treatment with Direct-Acting Antivirals: Analysis of a Single-Center Department of Veterans Affairs Cohort. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2018;6(2):e00379. Epub 2018/02/28
- Aby ES, Dong TS, Kawamoto J, Pisegna JR, Benhammou JN. Impact of Sustained Virologic Response on Chronic Kidney Disease Progression in Hepatitis C. World J Hepatol. 2017;9(36):1352-60. Epub 2018/01/24
- O'Mahony F, Wroblewski K, O'Byrne SM, Jiang H, Clerkin K, Benhammou JN, Blaner WS, Beaven SW. Liver X Receptors Balance Lipid Stores in Hepatic Stellate Cells Through Rab18, a Retinoid Responsive Lipid Droplet Protein. Hepatology. 2015;62(2):615-26. Epub 2014/12/09
About Dr. Benhammou
Dr. Benhammou completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with a major in human biology. She then completed medical school at University of California, San Francisco with a thesis in molecular medicine. Before starting her internship at the University of California, Los Angeles in internal medicine, Dr. Benhammou participated in a two-year intramural program at the National Cancer Institutes studying functional genomics and hereditary forms of kidney cancer.
Dr. Benhammou went on to complete her internal medicine and gastroenterology training at UCLA. There, she received advanced research training in the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program, which supported her graduate studies in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology. Her doctoral dissertation addressed the clinical risk factors of NAFLD hepatocellular carcinoma and the molecular mechanisms at play in NAFLD pathogenesis. Following her PhD, Dr. Benhammou completed additional clinical training in transplant hepatology at UCLA.
Dr. Benhammou joined the digestive diseases hepatology faculty at UCLA and Greater Los Angeles VA where she will care for patients with chronic liver disease before and after liver transplantation. She will continue to pursue her research on NAFLD-associated hepatocellular carcinoma using clinical and translational research tools. She is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and is board-eligible in transplant hepatology.