Midget Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
R. Balfour Sartor, MD, a physician scientist, is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is also Co-Director for the NIDDK- funded Center for Gastrointestinal Biology & Disease, Director of the NIH-funded National Gnotobiotic Rodent Resource Center at University of North Carolina and was the founding Director of the UNC Multidisciplinary IBD Center. His clinical interests are in treating difficult to manage IBD patients, with recent translational research identifying microbial and genomic biomarkers that predict risk of post-operative recurrence of Crohn’s disease. His research focuses on developing and applying rodent models of chronic, immune-mediated intestinal inflammation relevant to IBD and performing clinically relevant translational studies involving IBD patients. Dr. Sartor investigates host genetically-determined immune responses to luminal resident bacterial subsets components using gnotobiotic mice and patient-derived samples, as well as studying the influence of environmental factors, including diet, on intestinal microbiota composition and function. Dr. Sartor’s work has been published in over 400 articles, editorials, chapters and has edited 5 books. Dr. Sartor has trained over 60 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. In addition, he has led multiple large multidisciplinary consortium studies that have extensively impacted the IBD field.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM