Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

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

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Sergejs Berdnikovs, PhD

Assistant 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...

Robert P Schleimer, PhD

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.

Paul A Greenberger, MD

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.

Bruce K Tan, MD

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

Ruchi S Gupta, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care) and Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

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 ...

Anne M Ditto, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Asthma, Hay fever, Idiopathic anaphylaxis, Sinusitis, Urticaria

Kris G McGrath, MD

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Professor of Medicine Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Allergy Immunology Fellowship Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Medical Internship and Residency Northwestern University Feinberg School of medicine Medical school: University of Iowa

Whitney W Stevens, MD, PhD

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.

Atsushi Kato, PhD

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...

Leslie C Grammer, MD

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

rhinosinusitis & drug hypersensitivity; asthma disparities; asthma in the elderly; modification of allergen immunotherapy; immunopathogenesis of allergic diseases including asthma,

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Diversity and Inclusion

The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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