- About CURE
Jonathan Kaunitz, MD
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Kaunitz studies mucosal defense and chemosensory mechanisms of the upper gastrointestinal tract. He has developed a unique system in which he has simultaneously measured mucus gel thickness, mucus secretion, intracellular pH, and blood flow in the mucosa of living rats. More recently, his laboratory has measured mucosal responses to nutrients and bacterial flora. He has also studied the role of intestinal ecto-enzymes, including alkaline phosphatases, in CO2 absorption and in purinergic signaling.