For science-challenged brains, the research being done in the lab of Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee may be difficult to understand. What is easy to comprehend, however, is that Dr. Chatterjee and his research team are making amazing strides in the understanding the role of environmental factors in causing two liver diseases — nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, both of which are believed to be linked to obesity.
Dr. Chatterjee, who joined the faculty of the Arnold School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences in 2012 from NIH, went to work immediately to set up his lab and the research team that would work with him. By January 2014, the young researcher’s lab had produced an impressive 11 peer-reviewed studies in prestigious journals in approximately a year’s time.
One of studies, in fact, was featured as a highlighted article by the journal Toxological Sciences. Among the comments made by editor Dr. Matthew Campen about the study on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is this: “… future research in this area will be exceedingly valuable to understanding the impact of environmental contaminants on public health.”
Dr. Chatterjee is quick to praise the hard work of the researchers working with him and Arnold School administrators Dean Tom Chandler, Dr. Dwayne Porter and Dr. Greg Hand who are dedicated to the success of young researchers.
“There is a spirit of confidence in helping the next generation of environmental health researchers succeed in their work,” Chatterjee says.
“To have the Dean meet with young, tenure-track professors and the graduate students in our labs is remarkable. This doesn’t happen in every institution, but it is what sets the Arnold School apart from the others.”
As researchers around the world work to halt the obesity epidemic, we can be proud that the Arnold School is playing a key role through the efforts of young researchers like Dr. Chatterjee and the students who will follow him.