Caviglia, Jorge Matias

Academic Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York


Ph.D. University of La Plata, Argentina
M.D. University of La Plata, Argentina

Research Focus:

We conduct research on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is strongly associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome, and is the most common liver disease. This research focuses on the mechanisms of progression of NAFLD, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. He uses animal models of NAFLD to better understand the role of the gut microbiota and TLR signaling in the development of NAFLD. The objective of this research is identify new targets to prevent and treat this disease.

Selected Publications

Caviglia JM, Yan J, Jang MK, Gwak GY, Affo S, Yu L, Olinga P, Friedman RA, Chen X, Schwabe R*. MicroRNA-21 and Dicer are Dispensable for Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation and the Development of Liver Fibrosis. Hepatology. 2018 67(6):2414-2429. PMID: 29091291

Yan J, Caviglia JM, Schwabe RF Animal models of HCC – when injury meets mutation. J Hepatology 2018; 68(1):193-194. PMID: 29153595

  • Caviglia JM, Schwabe RF. Mouse models of liver cancer. Methods Mol Biol. 2015; 1267:165-83. PMID: 25636469
  • Caviglia JM and Schwabe RF “Experimental Hepatocarcinogenesis.” (REV) Pathobiology of Human Disease: A Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms. McManus, Linda M. and Mitchell Richard N. Elsevier 2014. (Chapter of book)
  • Dapito DH, Mencin A, Gwak GY, Pradere JP, Jang MK, Mederacke I, Caviglia JM, Khiabanian H, Adeyemi A, Bataller R, Lefkowitch JH, Bower M, Friedman R, Sartor RB, Rabadan R, Schwabe RF. Promotion of hepatocellular carcinoma by the intestinal microbiota and TLR4. Cancer Cell. 2012; 21(4):504-16. PMID: 22516259

Grants over the last 5 years

  1. M. Caviglia, PI
    PSC-CUNY Research Award – Traditional B
    “TLR4 role in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis-related liver fibrosis”
    The goal of this project is to study the role of TLR4 in liver cell populations with the objective of identifying new putative therapeutic targets.
    07/2019 – 12/2020
  2. M. Caviglia, PI
    NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22)
    “TLR4 in obesity-driven liver cancer ”
    09/2013 – 08/2018 –
    The aim of this project is to investigate the mechanisms of obesity-related hepatocarcinogenesis