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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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

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Bruce S Bochner, MD

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

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

Bradley R Sabin, MD

Clinical Instructor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Clinical interests include adult and pediatric allergy & immunology.

Joshua B Wechsler, MD

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 two chronic inflammatory diseases: 1)Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), which involves symptoms of esophageal dysfunction and eosinophil-predominant inflammation isolated to the esophagsus, and 2)Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a subtype of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by blood diarrhea, and T-helper l...

Ruchi S Gupta, MD, MPH

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

Dr. Gupta is an Associate 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 research. She is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the areas of food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically her research on ch...

Anne M Ditto, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Asthma, Hay fever, Idiopathic anaphylaxis, Sinusitis, Urticaria

Leslie C Grammer, MD

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

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

Joan M Cook-Mills, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

LEUKOCYTE RECRUITMENT DURING ALLERGIC DISEASE. White blood cell (leukocyte) migration from the blood into tissues is vital for immune surveillance and inflammation. Specificity for the site of leukocyte migration is determined by the combination of adhesion molecules, cytokines and chemokines in the microenvironment. We have focused on regulation of allergic inflammation by vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM-1). VCAM-1 is expressed on blood vessel endothelial cells during atherosclerosis, allograft rejection, infection, and asthmatic responses. Furthermore, disruption of the mouse VC...

Kathryn E Hulse, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive B cell responses at mucosal sites, especially the airways, in humans. In addition, I am interested in understanding the factors that alter disease severity in men and women.

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.

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Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training 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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