Dr. Sainath is an attending physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at CHOP and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.
Dr. Merves has a background in basic and clinical translational research in eosinophilic esophagitis. Her more recent focus is clinical research in the pediatric short-bowel population. Dr. Merves is currently evaluating blenderized feeding in the pediatric short bowel population.
Dr. Rand's research interests include clinical studies of biliary atresia and studies of immunization, immune suppression, and long-term outcome after transplantation. Her basic science interests in liver development and fibrosis are carried out as collaborations with scientists who utilize the liver tissue bank.
Dr. Heuckeroth investigates mechanisms controlling bowel motility in order to find new ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent intestinal motility disorders. His research is focused on enteric nervous system and smooth muscle biology as he works to find new ways to improve the lives of children with bowel motility disorders.
In addition to serving as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Dr. Piccoli pursues research about metabolic and genetic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and rare gastrointestinal disorders. He is a member of the group that discovered Jagged1 and NOTCH2 as the primary causes of Alagille syndrome.
Dr. Kelsen’sresearch focus is on the genetic, immunologic, and microbiomic causes of very early onset inflammatory bowel disease. Through a multidisciplinary team approach, Dr. Kelsen and her colleagues perform genetic sequencing to identify causative genetic variants in children with VEO-IBD, study the function of these variants, and use this information to improve the clinical outcomes for these children.
Dr. Zong is an attending physician with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at CHOP. She specializes in clinical nutrition, intestinal rehabilitation, and enteral and parenteral nutrition. Her research focuses on the microbiome and nutrition.