Researcher’s Profile

Julia J. Wattacheril, MD, MPH

Director of the Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Program

Hepatic steatosis, insulin resistance and metabolic liver disease in adults. Her current grant concentrates on the proteins and lipids that signal the transition from steatosis to steatohepatitis.

Wattacheril J, Issa D, Sanyal A. Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Hepatic Fibrosis: Emerging Therapies. Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol. 2017 Oct 20. doi: 10.1146/annurev-pharmtox-010617-052545.
Wattacheril J, Lavine JE, Chalasani NP, Guo X, Kwon S, Schwimmer J, Molleston JP, Loomba R, Brunt EM, Chen YI, Goodarzi MO, Taylor KD, Yates KP, Tonascia J, Rotter JI. Genome Wide Associations Related to Hepatic Histology in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Hispanic Boys. J Pediatr. 2017 Sep 14. 
Issa D, Wattacheril J, Sanyal AJ. Treatment options for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – a safety evaluation. Expert Opin Drug Saf.  2017 Jul 6:1-11. doi:10.1080/14740338.2017.1343299.
Corey KE, Gawrieh S, deLemos AS, Zheng H, Scanga AE, Haglund JW, Sanchez J, Danford CJ, Comerford M, Bossi K, Munir S, Chalasani N, Wattacheril J. Risk factors for hepato­cellular carcinoma in cirrhosis due to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A multicenter, case-control study. World J Hepatol 2017; 9(7): 385-390
Wattacheril, J, Rose, K. L., Hill, S., Lanciault, C., Murray, C. R., Washington, K., Williams, B., English, W., Spann, M., Clements, R., Abumrad, N., and Flynn, C. R. (2017) NAFLD Phosphoproteomics: A Functional Piece of the Precision Puzzle. Hepatol Res, doi: 10.1111/hepr.12885.

Dr. Wattacheril's clinical specialties include all aspects of transplant hepatology, general hepatology and gastroenterology with emphasis on metabolic liver disease and obesity. She specializes in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease as well as all forms of hepatitis, chronic liver disease, and liver cancer in addition to liver transplantation. Her research interests include hepatic steatosis, insulin resistance, gut hormones and metabolic liver disease in adults. Her current research concentrates on the relationship between proteins and lipids that differentiate steatosis from steatohepatitis using an integrated omics approach.