Divanovic Lab
Grants and Publications


  • R01DK099222; Divanovic (PI); 08/2013-07/2018; “Immunopathogenesis of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • R01DK099222-02S1; NIDDK Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research; Divanovic (PI), Moreno-Fernandez (Research Fellow); 08/2014-07/2016; “Immunopathogenesis of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Academic and Research Committee - Cincinnati Children's; Divanovic (Co-PI), Inge (Co-PI), Nakamura (Co-PI); 07/2015-06/2018; “Pediatric Diabetes and Obesity Center
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund (1015032); Divanovic (PI); 07/2015-06/2019; “Role of type I IFNs/IFNAR axis in inflammation-induced preterm birth
  • Markham Family Award - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Divanovic (PI); 01/2016-12/2016; “Pathogenic potential of Th17 axis in NAFLD severity
  • Department of Defense (W81XWH-51-1-0370); Gandhi (PI); Divanovic (Co-I); 07/2015-06/2018; “Mechanisms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • New Investigator Scholar (NIS) awards; University of Cincinnati; Divanovic (PI), Giles (Student PI); 06/2014-05/2015; “Environmental regulation of transcriptional networks in inflammation
  • R21HL113907; Divanovic (PI); 04/2012-03/2015; “Better mouse models of disease: Humanizing experimental atherosclerosis
  • March of Dimes, Prematurity Research Initiative Grant; Dey (PI), Divanovic (Co-PI); 03/2012-02/2015; “Endocannabinoid signaling via CB2 protects against preterm birth by modulating immune responses


Wayland, JL; Stemen, EL; Doll, JR; Divanovic, S. Protocol for cytokine and uterine immune cell characterization in a mouse model of LPS-induced preterm birth. STAR Protocols. 2023; 4:102643.

Alarcon, PC; Damen, MS M A; Ulanowicz, CJ; Sawada, K; Oates, JR; Toth, A; Wayland, JL; Chung, H; Stankiewicz, TE; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; et al. Obesity amplifies influenza virus-driven disease severity in male and female mice. Mucosal Immunology. 2023; 16:843-858.

Wayland, JL; Doll, JR; Lawson, MJ; Stankiewicz, TE; Oates, JR; Sawada, K; Damen, MS M A; Alarcon, PC; Haslam, DB; Trout, AT; et al. Thermoneutral Housing Enables Studies of Vertical Transmission of Obesogenic Diet-Driven Metabolic Diseases. Nutrients. 2023; 15:4958.

Sawada, K; Chung, H; Softic, S; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Divanovic, S. The bidirectional immune crosstalk in metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease. Cell Metabolism. 2023; 35:1852-1871.

Ragab, M; Raschdorf, A; Margis, D; Schlichting, H; Hicken, M; Mester, P; Hirose, M; Kubetzko, L; Ibrahim, S; Tews, H; et al. Azathioprine promotes intestinal Paneth cell differentiation in Crohn’s disease. Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie. 2023; 61:e410.

Park, SH; Helsley, RN; Fadhul, T; Willoughby, JL S; Noetzli, L; Tu, HC; Solheim, MH; Fujisaka, S; Pan, H; Dreyfuss, JM; et al. Fructose induced KHK-C can increase ER stress independent of its effect on lipogenesis to drive liver disease in diet-induced and genetic models of NAFLD. Metabolism: clinical and experimental. 2023; 145:155591.

Doll, JR; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Stankiewicz, TE; Wayland, JL; Wilburn, A; Weinhaus, B; Chougnet, CA; Giordano, D; Cappelletti, M; Presicce, P; et al. BAFF and APRIL counterregulate susceptibility to inflammation-induced preterm birth. Cell Reports. 2023; 42:112352.

Oates, JR; Sawada, K; Giles, DA; Alarcon, PC; Damen, MS M A; Szabo, S; Stankiewicz, TE; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Divanovic, S. Thermoneutral housing shapes hepatic inflammation and damage in mouse models of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Frontiers in Immunology. 2023; 14:1095132.

Park, S; Helsley, RN; Fadhul, T; Willoughby, JL S; Noetzli, L; Tu, H; Solheim, MH; Fujisaka, S; Pan, H; Dreyfuss, JM; et al. Fructose Induced KHK-C Increases ER Stress and Modulates Hepatic Transcriptome to Drive Liver Disease in Diet-Induced and Genetic Models of NAFLD. 2023; 4:2023.01.27.525605.

Wen, B; Wang, G; Li, E; Kolesnichenko, OA; Tu, Z; Divanovic, S; Kalin, TV; Kalinichenko, VV. In vivo generation of bone marrow from embryonic stem cells in interspecies chimeras. eLife. 2022; 11:e74018.

Damen, MS M A; Alarcon, PC; Shah, AS; Divanovic, S. Greasing the inflammatory pathogenesis of viral pneumonias in diabetes. Obesity Reviews. 2022; 23:e13415.

Föh, B; Buhre, JS; Lunding, HB; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; König, P; Sina, C; Divanovic, S; Ehlers, M. Microbial metabolite butyrate promotes induction of IL-10+IgM+ plasma cells. Editor, Rom S. PloS one. 2022; 17:e0266071.

Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Damen, MS M A; Divanovic, S. A protocol for isolation of primary human immune cells from the liver and mesenteric white adipose tissue biopsies. STAR Protocols. 2021; 2:100937.

Chan, CC; Harley, IT W; Pfluger, PT; Trompette, A; Stankiewicz, TE; Allen, JL; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Damen, MS M A; Oates, JR; Alarcon, PC; et al. A BAFF/APRIL axis regulates obesogenic diet-driven weight gain. Nature Communications. 2021; 12:2911.

Alarcon, PC; Damen, MS M A; Madan, R; Deepe, GS; Spearman, P; Way, SS; Divanovic, S. Adipocyte inflammation and pathogenesis of viral pneumonias: an overlooked contribution. Mucosal Immunology. 2021; 14:1224-1234.

Damen, MS M A; Stankiewicz, TE; Park, SH; Helsley, RN; Chan, CC; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Doll, JR; Szabo, S; Herbert, DB R; Softic, S; et al. Non-hematopoietic IL-4Rα expression contributes to fructose-driven obesity and metabolic sequelae. International Journal of Obesity. 2021; 45:2377-2387.

Thomas, AL; Alarcon, PC; Divanovic, S; Chougnet, CA; Hildeman, DA; Moreno-Fernandez, ME. Implications of Inflammatory States on Dysfunctional Immune Responses in Aging and Obesity. Frontiers in Aging. 2021; 2:732414.

Cappelletti, M; Presicce, P; Feiyang, M; Senthamaraikannan, P; Miller, LA; Pellegrini, M; Sim, MS; Jobe, AH; Divanovic, S; Way, SS; et al. The induction of preterm labor in rhesus macaques is determined by the  strength of immune response to intrauterine infection. Editor, Smith GC. PLoS biology. 2021; 19:e3001385.

McNelis, K; Yodoshi, T; Divanovic, S; Gandhi, C; Kim, JH; Anton, CG; Trout, AT; Mouzaki, M. Hepatic Steatosis in Infancy: The Beginning of Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?. 2021; 2:e113.

Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Sharma, V; Stankiewicz, TE; Oates, JR; Doll, JR; Damen, MS M A; Almanan, MA T A; Chougnet, CA; Hildeman, DA; Divanovic, S. Aging mitigates the severity of obesity-associated metabolic sequelae in a gender independent manner. Nutrition and Diabetes. 2021; 11:15.

Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Giles, DA; Oates, JR; Chan, CC; Damen, MS M A; Doll, JR; Stankiewicz, TE; Chen, X; Chetal, K; Karns, R; et al. PKM2-dependent metabolic skewing of hepatic Th17 cells regulates pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Cell Metabolism. 2021; 33:1187-1204.e9.

Noah, TK; Lee, JB; Brown, CA; Yamani, A; Tomar, S; Ganesan, V; Newberry, RD; Huffnagle, GB; Divanovic, S; Hogan, SP. Thermoneutrality Alters Gastrointestinal Antigen Passage Patterning and Predisposes to Oral Antigen Sensitization in Mice. Frontiers in Immunology. 2021; 12:636198.

Jose, S; Mukherjee, A; Horrigan, O; Setchell, KD R; Zhang, W; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Andersen, H; Sharma, D; Haslam, DB; Divanovic, S; et al. Obeticholic acid ameliorates severity of Clostridioides difficile infection in high fat diet-induced obese mice. Mucosal Immunology. 2021; 14:500-510.

Uddin, J; Tomar, S; Sharma, A; Waggoner, L; Ganesan, V; Marella, S; Yang, Y; Noah, T; Vanoni, S; Patterson, A; et al. PIR-B Regulates CD4+ IL17a+ T-Cell Survival and Restricts T-Cell-Dependent Intestinal Inflammatory Responses. CMGH Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2021; 12:1479-1502.

Thiel, AL; Ragab, M; Wagner, AE; Divanovic, S; Derer, S; Sina, C. Purification and Functional Characterization of the Chloroform/Methanol-Soluble Protein 3 (CM3) From Triticum aestivum in Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2020; 7:607937.

Chan, CC; Damen, MS M A; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Stankiewicz, TE; Cappelletti, M; Alarcon, PC; Oates, JR; Doll, JR; Mukherjee, R; Chen, X; et al. Type I interferon sensing unlocks dormant adipocyte inflammatory potential. Nature Communications. 2020; 11:2745.

Cappelletti, M; Doll, JR; Stankiewicz, TE; Lawson, MJ; Sauer, V; Wen, B; Kalinichenko, VV; Sun, X; Tilburgs, T; Divanovic, S. Maternal regulation of inflammatory cues is required for induction of preterm birth. JCI insight. 2020; 5:e138812.

Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Miraldi, ER; Divanovic, S. Not Chopped Liver-A Careful, Fate-Mapping Study of Macrophages in NASH. Cell Metabolism. 2020; 32:328-330.

Softic, S; Stanhope, KL; Boucher, J; Divanovic, S; Lanaspa, MA; Johnson, RJ; Kahn, CR. Fructose and hepatic insulin resistance. Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Informa). 2020; 57:308-322.

Almanan, M; Raynor, J; Ogunsulire, I; Malyshkina, A; Mukherjee, S; Hummel, SA; Ingram, JT; Saini, A; Xie, MM; Alenghat, T; et al. IL-10-producing Tfh cells accumulate with age and link inflammation with age-related immune suppression. Science Advances. 2020; 6:eabb0806.

Uddin, J; Waggoner, L; Vanoni, S; Hoebe, K; Divanovic, S; Munitz, A; Hogan, S. The Regulatory Role of PIRB in CD4+ Th17 Mediated Colitis. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 2020; 204:76.3.

Oates, JR; McKell, MC; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Damen, MS M A; Deepe, GS; Qualls, JE; Divanovic, S. Macrophage Function in the Pathogenesis of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: The Mac Attack. Frontiers in Immunology. 2019; 10:2893.

Namjou, B; Lingren, T; Huang, Y; Parameswaran, S; Cobb, BL; Stanaway, IB; Connolly, JJ; Mentch, FD; Benoit, B; Niu, X; et al. GWAS and enrichment analyses of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease identify new trait-associated genes and pathways across eMERGE Network. BMC Medicine. 2019; 17:135.

Schroeder, T; Wiese, AV; Ender, F; Quell, KM; Vollbrandt, T; Duhn, J; Suenderhauf, A; Kuenstner, A; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Derer, S; et al. Short-term high-fat diet feeding protects from the development of experimental allergic asthma in mice. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 2019; 49:1245-1257.

Chan, CC; Damen, MS M A; Alarcon, PC; Sanchez-Gurmaches, J; Divanovic, S. Inflammation and Immunity: From an Adipocyte's Perspective. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research. 2019; 39:459-471.

Chowdhury, D; Alrefai, H; Figueroa, JA L; Candor, K; Porollo, A; Fecher, R; Divanovic, S; Jr, DG S; Vignesh, KS. Metallothionein 3 Controls the Phenotype and Metabolic Programming of Alternatively Activated Macrophages. Cell Reports. 2019; 27:3873-3886.e7.