Alexander Khoruts M.D.

Dr. Alexander Khoruts trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota and completed his adult GI fellowship in 1996. He continued training in cellular immunology with Dr. Marc Jenkins and took a faculty position in the Division of Gastroenterology and the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota in 1999. His main research interests in the first decade of his career were focused on basic questions of immunologic tolerance and T cell biology. The direction later shifted to the study of gut microbiota and the problem of Clostridium difficile infections. Dr. Khoruts has been working closely with the Pulmonary Group in the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center and together they developed a systematic colorectal cancer screening program in cystic fibrosis patients. He continues to work on mechanistic investigations of accelerated colon cancer pathogenesis associated with cystic fibrosis.