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Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College

MD/PhD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Residency: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Erin first caught the research bug in high school and has since worked in research labs studying such diverse topics as yeast genetics, Marfan syndrome, and anti-epileptic drug metabolism in the elderly. She completed her MD/PhD at UNC in 2015. Her PhD was completed under the mentorship of Scott Plevy, MD, and focused on gastrointestinal immune system responses to gut bacteria in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases. She next wanted to translate her knowledge of the gastrointestinal immune system to the study of allergic disease, specifically food allergy. To this end, Erin completed her Internal Medicine residency and her clinical Allergy and Immunology fellowship at UNC, and she is now studying food allergy pathogenesis in a mouse model of peanut allergy under the mentorship of Wesley Burks, MD. She hopes to bring her specific expertise in the GI immune system to explore how sensitization to food allergens occurs. Erin also enjoys learning from the large food allergy clinical trials group at UNC, which is an enormous and priceless translational research resource.


Steinbach EC, Gipson GR, Sheikh SZ. Induction of Murine Intestinal. Inflammation by Adoptive Transfer of Effector CD4+ CD45RB high T Cells into Immunodeficient Mice. J Vis Exp. 2015 Apr 21;(98). doi: 10.3791/52533.

Steinbach EC, Kobayashi T, Russo SM, Sheikh SZ, Gipson GR, Kennedy ST, Uno JK, Mishima Y, Borst LB, Liu B, Herfarth H, Ting JP, Sartor RB, Plevy SE. Innate PI3K p110δ regulates Th1/Th17 development and microbiota-dependent colitis. J Immunol. 2014 Apr 15;192(8):3958-68. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1301533. Epub 2014 Mar 14.

Erin Steinbach, MD, PhD