University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Hansen obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University and received a combined M.D.-Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Indiana University. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine and clinical and post-doctoral fellowships in Gastroenterology and Mucosal Immunology at UNC, he joined the faculty in 2009. His clinical and basic research interests are in the field of inflammatory bowel diseases. In particular, his laboratory studies how the commensal microbiota respond to chronic intestinal inflammation in ways that affect the disease course. Using a combination of transcriptomics, metabolomics, gnotobiotic technology, and molecular microbiology techniques, he has begun to unravel the microbial-host dialogue that plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of chronic intestinal inflammation. He has received research support from the NIH, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, and UNC. His ultimate goal is to discover novel microbial pathways that can be targeted for therapeutic purposes in inflammatory bowel diseases.