Education and Training   

Undergraduate: University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (B.A., Psychology)
Graduate School: University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (M.S., Microbiology)
Medical School: Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois (M.D., 1982)
Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Internal Medicine 1982-1985)
Fellowship: Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Gastroenterology 1985-1988)

Basic Interests

My research focuses on the interaction of enteric bacterial pathogens with host intestinal epithelial cells and the mechanisms by which epithelial function is altered as a result of these infections. Specific physiological functions that are being investigated include tight junction barrier function, active ion transport, and the epithelial immune response. Our studies have primarily concentrated on enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) although we are beginning to compare the effects observed with this pathogen to other enteric bacterial pathogens including all pathogenic E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella.

Contact Information

Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
University of Illinois at Chicago
840 S. Wood Street (M/C 716)
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Telephone: 312-996-6651
Fax: 312-996-5103
E-mail: gahecht@uic.edu

Publications