Alessio Fasano, MD
W. Allan Walker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Chief of Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Director of Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Director of Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center
Associate Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Basic, Clinical and Translational Research
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Nutrition, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Alessio Fasano, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Dr. Fasano’s group discovered zonulin in 2000, a protein regulating intestinal “tight junctions” and released in conditions of dysbiosis. His basic research is focused on bacterial pathogenesis, gut microbiome composition and function in health and disease, regulation of gut permeability, and intestinal mucosal biology and immunology.
Dr. Fasano’s translational science is focused on impaired intestinal barrier function in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including celiac disease, autism and type 1 diabetes. Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MGHfC and author of Gluten Freedom, Dr. Fasano is an international expert in celiac disease, intestinal permeability and autoimmune disorders.