About Us

The Cedars-Sinai Digestive Diseases Research Center (CSDDRC) hosts basic-science and clinical investigators who work on digestive and liver diseases. Three biomedical research cores offer access to leading-edge technologies, and we also foster the development of junior investigators and those new to the field.

Mission & Vision


The CSDDRC aims to advance the understanding and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract by leveraging the clinical and basic-science expertise of our investigators as well as advanced technologies in biomedical cores.

Key Leaders


Shelly C. Lu, MD
Co-Director, CSDDRC; Director, Karsh Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Vice Chair, Basic Science and Translational Research
Stephen J. Pandol, MD
Co-Director, CSDDRC; Director, Basic and Translational Pancreas Research; Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Ekihiro Seki, MD, PhD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core B (In Vitro Model Systems and Imaging); Co-Director, CSDDRC Pilot and Feasibility Program; Director, Basic Liver Research
Robert J. Barrett, PhD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core B (In Vitro Model Systems and Imaging)
Suzanne Devkota, PhD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core C (Gnotobiotics and Gut Microbiome)
David Underhill, PhD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core C (Gnotobiotics and Gut Microbiome); Chair, Biomedical Sciences
Jonathan G. Braun, MD, PhD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core D (Translational and Clinical Resources); Enterprise Operation Director, F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute
Ju Dong Yang, MD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Core D (Translational and Clinical Resources)
Stephan R. Targan, MD
Co-Director, CSDDRC Pilot and Feasibility Program; Director, F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the CSDDRC, please contact Shelly Lu, MD, or Stephen Pandol, MD.

Davis Building, Room 2097
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048