George Wu Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. George Y. Wu, PhD, is former Director, and now Professor Emeritus, Hepatology Section, Division of Gastroenterology-Hepatology, and Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research at University of Connecticut.

Wu’s research focuses on rescuing sick and damaged liver cells, applying new techniques, substances and drug regimens to mitochondria, looking at ways to mitigate the damage caused to these cells, often the result of drug reactions, and to rescue damaged cells and the liver by introducing healthy mitochondria.   The research he has been conducting involves introducing substances that bond with mitochondria to direct them to specific organs. The intended result is to substitute the diseased cells with healthy replacements, thus hopefully precluding the need for major surgery and transplantation. 

He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to promote and teach liver disease studies and research, and was rated 'Top Doctor in the U.S.' in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report.