Division of Gastroenterology

Meet Dr. Bernd Schnabl

Dr. Schnabl received his medical degree from the University of Freiburg in Germany. During his three year postdoctoral research training at the Department of Medicine, Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he started to study hepatic stellate cell biology and pathophysiology of chronic liver diseases. He completed a residency in Medicine at the University Hospital in Regensburg/Germany and a Gastroenterology fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York City. The history of Columbia University and its renowned educational and research programs in both the basic sciences and in clinical health care provided a rich environment, in which he experienced excellent clinical training as a gastroenterologist as well as high-quality productive research.
He was recruited to the Division of Gastroenterology, University of California in San Diego as an Assistant Professor in 2008. UCSD offers the best setting and infrastructure for pursuing research very efficiently and successfully. He is currently staff physician and attending at the VA San Diego Medical Center in La Jolla and the UCSD Medical Center.

His many honors include a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), a Schering-Plough Unrestricted Educational Award from the European Foundation for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASL), an American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)/Astra Zeneca Fellowship - Faculty Transition Award (FFTA) and a KO8 Career Development Award from the NIH/NIDDK.

Dr. Schnabl has published extensively in such highly regarded journals as Nature, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and he has authored multiple reviews and book chapters. Dr. Schnabl is a member of 3 distinguished medical societies. He is on the Editorial Board for the World Journal of Hepatology and is a reviewer for all of the top-tier medical journals.
Dr. Schnabl’s main research interests are:

  • Genetic and molecular mechanisms of chronic liver disease progression
  • Intestinal microbiome, metagenome and transcriptome associated with liver disease
  • Contribution of microbial products and metabolites to liver disease
Dr. Bernd Schnabl 

Dr. Bernd Schnabl