Wangensteen Lab

  • Image of liver staining for FAH

    Liver staining for FAH

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  • Immunofluorescence staining

    Immunofluorescence staining showing repopulating hepatocytes (Green label), pericentral hepatocytes (Red), and overlap (Yellow)

Welcome to the Wangensteen Lab


Our lab is conducting exciting research on the genetics of liver repopulation and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We have developed two highly innovative in vivo genetic screening paradigms to elucidate genetic pathways involved in carcinogenesis and liver repopulation in the setting of toxic injury. We aim to discover pathways that lead to drug sensitivity and resistance in HCC.  One of our assays involves CRISPR activation screening in vivo in the liver, the first-ever use of this type of screening in live mice.

image depicting in vivo screening approach



July, 2019:

Our paper, "Cell Type-Specific Gene Expression Profiling in the Mouse Liver" is in press at JOVE

June, 2019:

The Wangensteen Lab welcomes graduate student Alexandra M. Vázquez Salgado!

Congratulations Kirk Wangensteen for being named a Beckman Young Investigator!

Congratulations Kirk Wangensteen for being selected for the Gastroenterology Faculty Research Award!

May, 2019:

Thank you Jie for your hard work this year in the Wangensteen Lab! We will miss you!

April, 2019:

Hurray for Julia, award winner for her abstract at the Digestive Diseases Center Symposium on April 15, 2019, "Identification of effectors of TNFα signaling that modulate liver repopulation by high throughput in vivo CRISPRa screening"!

Congratulations Morgan for being selected for a travel award and an oral presentation for abstract, "LXR agonism and Sorafenib treatment as novel combination therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma", and also for chairing a session at the Experimental Biology 2019 meeting! Way to go!

Morgan receiving award


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