Faculty

There are eight core faculty involved in the training program with additional faculty available to direct research and provide mentorship.

 

Key Clinical Faculty

A. Wesley Burks, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, NC Children's Hospital

Dr. Burks' interests include asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other childhood allergic diseases with special interests in anaphylaxis and food allergy.

Elizabeth Duncan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Duncan's clinical interests lie in adult allergy and asthma. Her research focuses on understanding the dysfunction of host defense and the immune system that occurs in chronic bronchitis and emphysema (collectively, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) as a result of cigarette smoke.

Michelle Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Hernandez's research interests lie in the area of the effects of environmental pollutants on lung biology. Her clinical interests are in pediatric asthma, eosinophilic disorders and immunodeficiency.

Maya R. Jerath, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program
Director, Allergy and Immunology Clinic

Dr. Jerath's clinical interests are urticaria/angioedema, immunotherapy, and food allergy


Edwin Kim, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kim's research interests are in the use of immunotherapy in the treatment of food allergies. He is also interested in optimizing the use of subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma.


David B. Peden, MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Microbiology/Immunology and Toxicology
Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease

Dr. Peden is principal or co-principal investigator for over $3.5 million of grants funded research. His major research interests are: 1) pollution and environmental factors in allergic disease and asthma; 2) the role of rhinitis and sinusitis in asthma; 3) evaluation of novel therapeutic agents for asthma, allergies and airway disorders; 4) airway antioxidant and oxidant physiology; and 5) granulocyte function in airway disease.


Teresa Tarrant, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Tarrant has an active laboratory focusing on the regulation of chemokine receptors (in particular CX3CR1 and CCR2) and downstream G-protein coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) as they pertain to leukocyte migration and the development of inflammatory arthritis. A second focus is to develop novel imaging techniques that can detect cellular and/or vascular changes in inflammatory arthritis with enhanced sensitivity and specificity. She is board certified in both Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology.


Brian P. Vickery, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Vickery's translational research interests lie in understanding the determinants of allergic sensitization versus tolerance after exposure to allergens in young children, the regulation of such sensitizing mechanisms by microbial, nutritional, or other environmental factors, and the enhancement of these regulatory pathways by targeted therapeutic, and ultimately preventative, interventions. A main current focus within this paradigm is the development of allergen-specific immunotherapies for the treatment of food allergy in newly diagnosed young children."


William J. Yount, MD
Reeves Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Yount's initial research interests were in the human immunoglobulins. He first defined and quantified the IgG and IgA subclasses and the IgG subclass deficiencies. His clinical interests are allergic diseases and immunodeficiency.



Other Research Mentors

Neil E. Alexis, PhD, MHS, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Ilona Jaspers, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
Associate, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Assistant Professor, Curriculum of Toxicology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH
Herman & Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology

The main interests in Dr. Jordan's research are the epidemiology and genetics of osteoarthritis. Dr. Jordan is the principal investigator of a large, community-based prospective cohort of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip in Johnston County, a rural North Carolina county. She is also the principal investigator of a large osteoarthritis genetics study and one of the principal investigators of a genetics consortium to study heredity of osteoarthritis in families.

Jenny Ting, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Founding Director, Center for Translational Immunology
Immunology Program Leader, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research has broad interest in the application of basic molecular biology to the study of disease-relevant issues. Major directions include gene discovery, functional genomics and proteomics, gene regulation, molecular immunology, cancer research and neuro-inflammation.

Barbara J. Vilen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Current studies in Dr. Vilen's lab are focused on identifying how IL-6 represses immunoglobulin secretion by autoreactive B cells and to understand the molecular basis of B cell receptor desensitization. Other current work centers on defining the molecular basis of BCR destabilization, and characterizing the mechanism by which the stability of BCR complex influences the ability of B cells to transduce signals.