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Expertise in Gut Barrier Dysfunction Earns UTHSC Researcher Two Awards Totaling $5 Million


Radhakrishna Rao, PhD, vice-chair and professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received two large national awards totaling $5 million for separate studies involving the gut as a therapeutic target for treating disease. Dr. Rao is known worldwide for his two decades of research into the structure and regulation of the intestinal epithelium, which forms the gut barrier preventing allergens, toxins, and pathogens from entering the bloodstream.

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