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David Peden, MD, MS

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

  • B.A. West Virginia University, 1980
  • M.S. West Virginia University, 1984
  • M.D. West Virginia University, 1984
  • Resident and Chief Resident in Pediatrics, WVU Hospitals, 1987
  • Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH, 1987-1992
  • Joined the Center and Department of Pediatrics in 1992

Research Interests:

My research focuses on translational studies of the human inflammatory and physiologic response to pollutants, development of interventions for adverse effects of air pollutants, and novel interventions for asthma. Methods we employ include: 1.) Use of controlled exposures to pollutants (Phase I-II studies) to define inflammatory response to pollutants and identification of biological determinants of response and to undertake proof of concept studies of interventions to mitigate the effect of these pollutants; 2.) Use of electronic health records to explore the effect of environmental factors on a wide variety of health outcomes, including chronic disease exacerbation and impact on episodic health events such as COVID-19 or wildfire events; 3.) Testing novel interventions for asthma. This effort includes assessment of interventions for increased airway clearance and as the medical monitor of the NHLBI-funded PreCISE asthma network for which UNC serves as the Data, Modeling and Coordination Center; and 4.) Lead PI of the UNC Health asymptomatic seroprevalence study for IgG antibody response for SARS-CoV2. This dataset will be used to assess biologic response to SARS-CoV2 and environmental impacts on this response.


Lab Personnel:

Neil Alexis, Ph.D

Bryn Copenhaver, Research Technician

Tony Elsea, Research Technician

Kate Rodelli, Student Worker

Other Affiliations

  • Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research, Office of Research, UNC School of Medicine
  • Associate Director for Cross-Disciplinary Science, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (the UNC CTSA)
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Microbiology/Immunology
  • Faculty Member, Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine