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Eugene B. Chang, MD

  • Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine
    Committee on Immunology
    Committee on Molecular Medicine
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Microbiome, inflammation, mucosal immunity, inflammatory bowel diseases, metabolism
  • Websites: Research Network Profile
  • Contact: ebchang@uchicago.edu
  • Graduate Program: Immunology

The focus of my group is on the study of the intestinal microbes and how they interact with the host. This relationship is fundamental to our health and, when perturbed, the consequences can be catastrophic. In this regard, the emergence of “new age” disorders like diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancer and autoimmune disorders over the past century may be related to large shifts in the composite human microbiome caused by changes in the environment and life styles. In genetically susceptible individuals, these factors can potentially trigger events that disturb immune and metabolic homeostasis, initiating the development of disease. Our efforts are therefore directed towards gaining a better understanding of what factors are involved in the selection and assembly of intestinal microbes, and how they can be used to reshape the enteric microbiome to prevent and treat disease. We employ cutting edge approaches that include cultivation-dependent and –independent technologies for microbial analysis, genetically modified and gnotobiotic mouse models, metabolic and functional measurements, and advanced bioinformatic tools to investigate both the host and the microbiome.



For more information, visit my laboratory website: http://changlab.uchicago.edu/

Outcomes of Ileoanal Pouch Anastomosis in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Are Worse in the Modern Era: A Time Trend Analysis Outcomes Following Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis.
Runde J, Erondu A, Akiyama S, Traboulsi C, Rai V, Glick LR, Yi Y, Ollech JE, Cohen RD, Skowron KB, Hurst RD, Umanskiy K, Shogan BD, Hyman NH, Rubin MA, Dalal SR, Sakuraba A, Pekow J, Chang EB, Rubin DT. Outcomes of Ileoanal Pouch Anastomosis in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Are Worse in the Modern Era: A Time Trend Analysis Outcomes Following Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2022 09 01; 28(9):1386-1394.
PMID: 35040964

High-Fat Diet Alters the Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Choroidal Transcriptome in the Absence of Gut Microbiota.
Xiao J, Xie B, Dao D, Spedale M, D'Souza M, Theriault B, Hariprasad SM, Sulakhe D, Chang EB, Skondra D. High-Fat Diet Alters the Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Choroidal Transcriptome in the Absence of Gut Microbiota. Cells. 2022 06 30; 11(13).
PMID: 35805160

High-fat diet disrupts REG3? and gut microbial rhythms promoting metabolic dysfunction.
Frazier K, Kambal A, Zale EA, Pierre JF, Hubert N, Miyoshi S, Miyoshi J, Ringus DL, Harris D, Yang K, Carroll K, Hermanson JB, Chlystek JS, Overmyer KA, Cham CM, Musch MW, Coon JJ, Chang EB, Leone VA. High-fat diet disrupts REG3? and gut microbial rhythms promoting metabolic dysfunction. Cell Host Microbe. 2022 06 08; 30(6):809-823.e6.
PMID: 35439436

The regulatory role of N<sup>6</sup> -methyladenosine modification in the interaction between host and microbes.
Zhuo R, Xu M, Wang X, Zhou B, Wu X, Leone V, Chang EB, Zhong X. The regulatory role of N<sup>6</sup> -methyladenosine modification in the interaction between host and microbes. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 2022 11; 13(6):e1725.
PMID: 35301791

Histopathology of Colectomy Specimens Predicts Endoscopic Pouch Phenotype in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis.
Akiyama S, Ollech JE, Traboulsi C, Rai V, Glick LR, Yi Y, Runde J, Olivas AD, Weber CR, Cohen RD, Olortegui KBS, Hurst RD, Umanskiy K, Shogan BD, Rubin MA, Dalal SR, Sakuraba A, Pekow J, Chang EB, Hart J, Hyman NH, Rubin DT. Histopathology of Colectomy Specimens Predicts Endoscopic Pouch Phenotype in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis. Dig Dis Sci. 2022 08; 67(8):4020-4031.
PMID: 35288827

KLF2 regulates neutrophil activation and thrombosis in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure progression.
Tang X, Wang P, Zhang R, Watanabe I, Chang E, Vinayachandran V, Nayak L, Lapping S, Liao S, Madera A, Sweet DR, Luo J, Fei J, Jeong HW, Adams RH, Zhang T, Liao X, Jain MK. KLF2 regulates neutrophil activation and thrombosis in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure progression. J Clin Invest. 2022 02 01; 132(3).
PMID: 34793333

Gut microbiota-driven brain Aß amyloidosis in mice requires microglia.
Dodiya HB, Lutz HL, Weigle IQ, Patel P, Michalkiewicz J, Roman-Santiago CJ, Zhang CM, Liang Y, Srinath A, Zhang X, Xia J, Olszewski M, Zhang X, Schipma MJ, Chang EB, Tanzi RE, Gilbert JA, Sisodia SS. Gut microbiota-driven brain Aß amyloidosis in mice requires microglia. J Exp Med. 2022 01 03; 219(1).
PMID: 34854884

KLF2 regulates neutrophil activation and thrombosis in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure progression.
Tang X, Wang P, Zhang R, Watanabe I, Chang E, Vinayachandran V, Nayak L, Lapping S, Liao S, Madera A, Sweet DR, Luo J, Fei J, Jeong HW, Adams RH, Zhang T, Liao X, Jain MK. KLF2 regulates neutrophil activation and thrombosis in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure progression. J Clin Invest. 2021 Nov 18.
PMID: 34793333

A Multifunctional Neutralizing Antibody-Conjugated Nanoparticle Inhibits and Inactivates SARS-CoV-2.
Cai X, Chen M, Prominski A, Lin Y, Ankenbruck N, Rosenberg J, Nguyen M, Shi J, Tomatsidou A, Randall G, Missiakas D, Fung J, Chang EB, Penaloza-MacMaster P, Tian B, Huang J. A Multifunctional Neutralizing Antibody-Conjugated Nanoparticle Inhibits and Inactivates SARS-CoV-2. Adv Sci (Weinh). 2022 01; 9(2):e2103240.
PMID: 34761549

Chrysanthemum morifolium Flower Extract Ameliorates Obesity-Induced Inflammation and Increases the Muscle Mitochondria Content and AMPK/SIRT1 Activities in Obese Rats.
Lee Y, Lee J, Lee MS, Chang E, Kim Y. Chrysanthemum morifolium Flower Extract Ameliorates Obesity-Induced Inflammation and Increases the Muscle Mitochondria Content and AMPK/SIRT1 Activities in Obese Rats. Nutrients. 2021 Oct 19; 13(10).
PMID: 34684660

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Takeda Distinguished Scientist Award
Takeda, Inc.
2014

National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Advisory Council
National Institutes of Health
2013 - 2017

AGA Outstanding Mentorship award
American Gastroenterological Association
2013

AGA Academy of Educators
American Gastroenterological Association
2013

NIH Merit Award
National Institutes of Health
2008 - 2018