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Paul A. Dawson, PhD, FAASLD

Paul A. Dawson, PhD, FAASLD headshot

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Associate Director, Center for Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, & Nutrition Innovation (GENI)
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Research Scholar

Tel: 404-727-7083
Lab: 404-727-5594

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PHONE: 404-727-7083

Health Sciences Research Building
1760 Haygood Drive
Suite E200, Office E206
Atlanta, GA, 30322


Dr. Dawson’s research is focused on elucidating the physiologic and molecular mechanisms controlling bile acid homeostasis and their relationship to the pathogenesis of disease. The major goals are to understand how dysfunction of the gut-liver axis contributes to hepatic, gastrointestinal, and metabolic diseases and to exploit those insights to develop new preventative measures and therapies. These efforts include investigating the gut microbiota’s role and its untapped therapeutic potential. In 2014, Dr. Dawson moved his research group to Emory University to further pursue these goals as part of a joint laboratory with Dr. Saul Karpen. The scope of the health problems studied in the “Saul-Paul Lab” range from rare monogenic intestinal and liver disorders (Primary Bile Acid Malabsorption, Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis) to Biliary Atresia (the most common indication for liver transplantation in children), to Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (the most common liver abnormality in children). Toward that end, the Saul-Paul Lab utilizes a wide variety of approaches including Genomics, Metabolomics, Gnotobiotics, Novel Mouse Models, and Clinical Trials.  

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