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


Key Clinical Faculty

Maya R. Jerath, MD, PhD
Associate 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.  Her research interest is in characterizing alpha gal food allergy – a newly recognized allergan to foods from a mammalian source.

I sub-specialized in the field of allergy and immunology because the immune system, which underlies many disease states, including allergies, autoimmunity and cancer, fascinates me.  This is a field of medicine in which our knowledge is exploding and it is exciting to be on the frontier of new discoveries.  Taking care of patients with allergic and immunologic conditions is immensely gratifying as we are able to provide therapies that greatly improve patients' quality of life.  Each day, the new things we learn through research allow us to further improve what we can offer our patients in clinic.

I chose to lead this fellowship program because I believe that training future allergists/immunologists to be both outstanding clinicians and researchers is critical.  This is a mission I am fully invested in and that all of our faculty take seriously. We are quickly developing into a much sought after training program and it is a privilege to be part of this evolution and growth.  We are somewhat unique in being able to offer a very balanced clinical experience that spans all age ranges, rather than focusing on just adult or pediatric patients.  We also have many nationally recognized research groups in our program, giving our fellows many opportunities for mentorship in their research.


A. Wesley Burks, MD
Curnen Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Executive Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, NC Children's Hospital
Dr. Burks' research interests are in the allergic diseases, particularly adverse reactions to foods. Dr. Burks' heads a research team whose work centers on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions, and the development of treatment for food allergy in animal models and in clinical studies. Dr. Burks and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal immunotherapy. His laboratory funding comes from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Dr. Burks has been published in many distinguished journals and has authored or coauthored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts. He is a past Chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Claire v.E. Chehrazi, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine

Michelle Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director, UNC Asthma Program
Dr. Hernandez is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy & Immunology. Her clinic is primarily focused on the treatment of severe asthma, humoral immunodeficiency,  and auto-inflammatory disorders including the periodic fever syndromes. The Hernandez lab is interested in the identification of novel interventions for difficult-to-treat asthma. Her clinical research interests include severe asthma, immunodeficiency, and auto-inflammatory syndromes.

Kevin Kelly, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrician-in-Chief, NC Children's Hospital
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Pediatrics

Edwin Kim, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program
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.

Timothy Moran, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

David B. Peden, MD, MS

Andrews Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology
Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research
Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Dr. Peden is principal or co-principal investigator for over $2.4 million of grants funded research. His major research interests are: 1) impact of pollution and environmental factors on asthma, allergy and inflammation; 2) evaluation of novel therapeutic agents for asthma, allergies and airway disorders; and; 3) development of wearable environmental and physiologic sensors.

Saira Sheikh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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 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."

Eveline Wu, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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

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.