PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Suraj J. Patel, MD, PhD
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Suraj Patel is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a faculty member of the Center for Human Nutrition and the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Suraj received his B.S. from Cornell University in aerospace engineering, his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, and his M.D. from Rutgers University. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and a Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, he received post-doctoral training in the lab of Evan D. Rosen, before starting his own lab at UT Southwestern. His research group has an array of interests related to the metabolic causes and consequences of liver disease, and how the immune system influences hepatic metabolism.

Current Lab Members

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Samuel Piaker studied biochemistry at Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in May 2017. Samuel started working with Dr. Patel in 2019 when he was at Massachusetts General Hospital as a research technician. Now, he has elected to come to Texas to continue their research together at UT Southwestern Medical Center, helping Dr. Patel to run his laboratory as his Lab Manager.

Samuel Piaker

Lab Manager

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Darlene Pope

Administrative Assistant