Dr. Moran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on how environmental exposures impact the development of allergic diseases including asthma and food allergy. He is specifically interested in how exposure to environmental pollutants and immunostimulatory molecules (adjuvants) influence allergic sensitization. The goals of his laboratory are to: (1) define the key environmental adjuvants within the indoor exposome that promote allergic sensitization; (2) characterize the mechanisms by which environmental adjuvants condition lung antigen presenting cells to induce allergic immune responses; and (3) identify biomarkers of environmental adjuvant exposure that are associated with increased risk for allergic disease in children. Through these research endeavors, he hopes to identify potential therapeutic targets for environment-mediated allergic diseases, as well as environmental interventions to mitigate the risk for allergic disease development.