About the Authors

Sweta Chekuri

Contributed equally to this work with: Sweta Chekuri, Jillian Nickerson

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Jillian Nickerson

Contributed equally to this work with: Sweta Chekuri, Jillian Nickerson

Affiliation Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, United States of America

Kian Bichoupan

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Roberta Sefcik

Affiliation Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, United States of America

Kamini Doobay

Affiliation Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, United States of America

Sanders Chang

Affiliation Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, United States of America

David DelBello

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Alyson Harty

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Douglas T. Dieterich

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Ponni V. Perumalswami

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Andrea D. Branch

andrea.branch@mssm.edu

Current address: Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Icahn Medical Institute, 1425 Madison Avenue, 11th floor, Room 24, New York, NY, 10029, United States of America

Affiliation Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States of America

Competing Interests

Kian Bichoupan received research support from Gilead Sciences and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Andrea D. Branch received research support from Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Kinemed and is a member of the scientific advisory board of TREK. Dr. Douglas T. Dieterich serves as a paid lecturer, consultant and is a member on scientific advisory boards of companies which either develop or assess medicines used for the treatment of viral hepatitis. These companies include Gilead Sciences, Abbvie, Achillion, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Ponni V. Perumalswami received research support from Gilead Sciences. Alyson Harty is a paid consultant for Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Roberta Sefcik and Kamini Doobay are supported by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institute of Health under Award number #TL1TR001434. Dr. Sweta Chekuri, Dr. Jillian Nickerson, and Dr. David DelBello do not have any disclosures. The authors confirm that competing interests do not alter their adherence to all PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SC JN KB DTD PVP ADB. Performed the experiments: SC ADB DD AH DTD PVP. Analyzed the data: SC KB RS ADB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SC RS SC ADB. Wrote the paper: SC JN RS KD ADB.