Current Team

Cambrian Liu, PhD (Group Leader)


Cambrian is a Research Assistant Professor who started at UChicago in mid-2021. His interdisciplinary research background encompasses intestinal stem cell biology, molecular and cellular imaging, bioinformatics, and neuroscience.

Martin Kalski (Laboratory Technician)

M. Kalski

Martin obtained his bachelor’s of science from Loyola and has been working in the lab since August, 2021. His tasks involve communicating with and enrolling patients as part of the lab’s translational research program and performing a variety of basic molecular biology techniques.


Chris Weber, MD, PhD

Chris is a gastrointestinal pathologist at UChicago who assists with the provision and interpretation of human tissue for the lab’s basic and translational research initiatives.

Gene Chang, MD

Gene is Cambrian’s career development award mentor at UChicago. Cambrian’s lab is independent but embedded within Gene’s overall research space. Gene’s lab studies the regulation of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease.

David Rubin, MD

David is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at UChicago and is a clinical collaborator with expertise and an extensive publication record in inflammatory bowel diseases.

Brent Polk, MD

Brent is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Rady Children’s Hospital at UC San Diego. Brent was Cambrian’s postdoctoral mentor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and was responsible for first introducing to Cambrian the important scientific questions related to tissue regeneration in the intestines.


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