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Allergy and Immunology

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The Division of Allergy and Immunology conducts laboratory and clinical research to gain new knowledge and improve the treatment options for the millions of people who live with allergies and chronic immune system conditions.

In the past decade, we have built a vigorous research program that has been integrated with the strong clinical programs that have existed here for decades.”

– Robert P. Schleimer, PhD

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Faculty: Meet the Team

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

Whitney W Stevens

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology) and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Whitney W. Stevens MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. She completed her bachelor and masters training at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the University of Virginia’s Medical Scientist Training Program with both a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology and a MD. Finally, she completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and her Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program.

Robert P Schleimer

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology), Microbiology-Immunology and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

I am interested in the mechanisms of pathogenesis and treatment of a variety of allergic and inflammatory diseases associated with allergy. These include chronic rhinosinusitis, asthma, hay fever, rhinitis, food allergy and others. We also study the mechanisms of action of antiinflammatory glucocorticoids. Our studies focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying disease and steroid action as well as developing strategies to for new treatments.

Joshua B Wechsler

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

As a physician-scientist, my long-term objective is to define immunologic mechanisms of gastrointestinal inflammation that drive clinical phenotype/outcome. This is key to identifying novel therapeutic targets, improving outcomes, reducing morbidity and personalizing care. My focus is on Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID), in particular Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG), and Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE). EoE, in particular, involves symptoms of esophageal dysfunction and eosinophil-predominant inflammation isolated to the esophagus secondary to chroni...

Toru Takahashi

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

My research focus is analyzing extracellular vesicles in human samples collected from patients with allergic diseases to clarify the pathophysiology and develop new biomarkers for these diseases.

Carol A Saltoun

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Drug Allergy, Food Allergy, Chronic Cough, Chronic Sinusitis, Urticaria Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Bruce K Tan

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, smell and taste disturbances, minimally invasive approaches to the skull base, inflammation, mechanisms of smell loss from inflammation, therapeutics and diagnostic approaches for sinus disease

Robert C Kern

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Sinus problems, trans nasal resection of skull base tumors, snoring and sleep apnea, Taste and smell disorders

Atsushi Kato

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology) and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Local immunity in the airway; airway epithelial cell biology; mast cell biology; the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis. A long-recognized property of airway epithelial cells is their function as a complex physical barrier that defends against exposure to potentially harmful inhaled substances and microbial pathogens. It is now clear that airway epithelial cells also regulate both innate and adaptive immunity through production of functional molecules and via physical interactions with immune cells. Our laboratory is focused on the role of epithelial cytokines including BAFF, TSLP and IL-1...

Bruce S Bochner

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

My primary clinical interests are in eosinophil- and mast-cell associated diseases.

Sergejs Berdnikovs

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

The question of primary interest in my lab is why only select individuals, despite being genetically similar and living in the same allergen environment, are prone to developing allergic disease, and which processes drive this predisposition? To address this, we employ a systems biology approach and bioinformatics to explore whether there is underlying unity in the pathogenesis of seemingly disparate allergic diseases. By synthesizing large volumes of biological data, we link departures from homeostatic conditions (including changes in metabolic, developmental, and endocrine systems) at the ep...

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