Ramon Bataller AlberolaMD, PhD
Dr. Bataller graduated in Medicine at the University of Valencia in 1989. He completed his residency in Gastroenterology at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona from 1991 to 1994. Since that time he has become interested in the role of hepatic stellate cell activation on portal hypertension and liver fibrosis. He worked on the effects of the renin-angiotensin system on hepatic stellate cell biology and in liver fibrosis. Between 2000 and 2003, Dr. Bataller completed a research fellowship in hepatology at UNC-Chapel Hill with Prof. David A. Brenner.
During this period, he investigated the role of angiotensin II and NADPH oxidase in liver fibrosis and the molecular mechanisms that mediate HCV-induced fibrosis. Since 2003, he has worked as a senior physician in the Liver Unit of the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona where he coordinated the management of patients with alcoholic liver disease. Since 2004, he has led the "Laboratory of Liver Fibrosis" at IDIBAPS, a research center associated with the Hospital Clinic. During the last 5 years, he has been working to develop new therapies for alcoholic liver fibrosis and has performed translational investigations on human samples to identify molecular determinants of alcoholic hepatitis. In November 2011, he joined UNC as an associate professor of Medicine and Nutrition and also joined the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.