Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Northwestern University Allergy and Immunology Research Program (NUAIR)

Our Mission:

The overall aim of the Northwestern University Allergy and Immunology Research (NUAIR) Program is to train MD and PhD postdoctoral scientists in translational research, here defined as research of disease mechanisms that includes investigations in human subjects or human samples. The NUAIR program builds on our Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, which has a long history of excellence in clinical and academic training. Unified efforts of established investigators in our division with those from other divisions and departments have created a rich environment for translational research in the NUAIR program in which clinical and basic researchers, both faculty and trainees, collaborate and interact in weekly research and didactic activities. These collaborations have led to multidisciplinary translational research programs in several allergic diseases supported by well-equipped laboratories and a large number of research cores and facilities.

Under the NUAIR program, four MD and/or PhD postgraduate trainees per year will receive two years of research training. Each will work together with a clinical research mentor and a basic research mentor to study mechanisms of allergic and immunological diseases, including studies of human subjects or their derived samples. In addition to well- structured research training and didactic activities, strong mentoring and close monitoring of trainees’ performances based on milestones will ensure proper progress during training. Our retention plan includes support for trainees who remain in our division as junior faculty members after T32-supported training, while they seek external funding support. Senior faculty members in the Division of Allergy and Immunology have a strong record of mentoring trainees toward obtaining K awards and new R01 grants. We also offer programs to inspire medical students and residents to pursue careers in Allergy and Immunology. Taken together, our rapidly expanding and comprehensive Allergy and Immunology research environment provides state-of-the-art training to highly qualified MD, MD/PhD and PhD postdoctoral trainees. These trainees will conduct collaborative translational research in Allergy and Immunology, initiating research careers that will help solve a severe national need for academic leaders in this field.

Robert Schleimer, PhD
Program Director

Carol Saltoun, MD
Fellowship Coordinator

Seletta Nichols
Division Administrator

Valarie Thomas
Research Administrator