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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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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

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

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

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...

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

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.

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.

Murali Prakriya

Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Research in our laboratory is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of intracellular calcium (Ca2+) signaling. Ca2+ is a ubiquitous intracellular signaling messenger, mediating many essential functions including gene expression, chemotaxis, and neurotransmitter release. Cellular Ca2+ signals generally arise from the opening of Ca2+ permeable ion channels, a diverse family of membrane proteins. We are studying Ca2+ signals arising from the opening of Store-Operated channels (SOCs), a family of plasma membrane Ca2+ channels activated by a decrease in the calcium content of the endopla...

Ruchi S Gupta

Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care), Medicine (Allergy and Immunology) and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Gupta is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern Medicine and has more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher. Dr. Gupta is the director of the Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research Team (SOAAR) and is a clinical attending at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago, where she is actively involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research. She is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the areas of food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically her research on childhood ...

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...

Bradley R Sabin

Clinical Instructor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Clinical interests include adult and pediatric allergy & immunology.

Paul A Greenberger

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

I am the PI on a phase 1 study "Suppression of allergic antibodies in human subjects" exploring a novel approach in people with allergies (allergic rhinitis) by injecting the neuropeptide, substance P. This work stems from a serendipitous observation in animals and then investigation of allergic subjects. The project is listed in clinicaltrials.gov. I am the PI on a study "Anti-TSLP plus antigen-specific immunotherapy for induction of tolerance in individuals with cat allergy." This project is listed in clinicaltrials.gov.

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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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