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Recent fellowship projects include:

ProjectFellowPrimary Mentor
Community Health Worker Screening for Asthma in a Resource-Poor Community in Nicaragua.Mary CrockerSylvia Becker-Drepps
Race, BMI, and asthma control in an equal access to care population.Marcia FryeCeila Loughlin
Effect of methylprednisolone pre-treatment on neutrophil production of interferon-gamma during pneumonia in mice.Olivia GiddingsClaire Doerschuk
Relationship Between Chronic Airway Infection And Clinical Outcomes In Children With Tracheostomy.Catherine SandersCharles Esther
Influence of bacteria on F508del CFTR correction by VX-809.Jennifer GuimbellotMartina Gentzsch
Implementation of the pediatric asthma smart form in Epic.Keith RobinsonTom Lahari
Overweight and obesity may alter immune response to influenza vaccine in children.Justin PaulsonTerry Noah
Relationship of sleep to pulmonary function in mucopolysaccharidosis II.Will WootenJoseph Meunzer
Antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular typing of MRSA in cystic fibrosis.Elizabeth ChampionMarianne Muhlebach
Exhaled breath condensate purines correlate with lung function in infants and preschoolers.Kavita PatelCharles Esther
Laterality defects other than situs inversus totalis in primary ciliary dyskinesia: insights into situs ambiguus and heterotaxy.Adam ShapiroMargaret Leigh

Grant Support Opportunities

Our fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for grants during fellowship, though this is not required for continued training. Our program has a strong track record of obtaining clinical fellowship grants from the CF Foundation, including highly competitive 3rd and 4th-year clinical fellowships. In addition, our program is supported by a T32 award from the NIH that is shared between adult and pediatric programs and represents an excellent mechanism for those interested in careers as a physician scientist.

In addition, there are several smaller grant mechanisms that can be utilized to support fellowship research projects including the NC Children’s Promise awards, small grants from NC Translational and Clinical Science (NC TraCS), and awards from the NC Global Health Initiative.


Excellent mentorship is key towards developing a successful academic career, and the UNC pediatric pulmonology division faculty includes internationally recognized experts who have extensive experience in mentoring trainees. In addition, fellows can seek expert mentorship with faculty from several research institutes or centers at UNC, including:

Marsico Lung Institute (formerly Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Diseases Research and Treatment Center)

Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology

UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education