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Our research spans fundamental studies, translational investigation and clinical trials. Novel models of immunological diseases, developed and/or fine-tuned by divisional researchers, provide unprecedented systems to investigate key inflammatory steps involved in pediatric allergic and immunological disease and to enhance our understanding of mast cells, eosinophils, macrophages and lymphocytes. Our integrative laboratories are led by nationally recognized researchers and employ state-of-the-art model systems for genetic, biochemical, immunological and physiological analysis.
Read more about our faculty's research below.
Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
is focused on elucidating mechanisms of allergic responses, especially in mucosal tissues such as the lung and the gastrointestinal tract, in order to identify novel pharmaceutical targets for treatment of patients with eosinophilic diseases including eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, hypereosinophilic syndromes and asthma and food allergies. Lab has identified and characterized several critical pathways that regulate allergic responses.
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Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director, Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders
Training Director, CHRCDA (K12)
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Eosinophilia; eosinophilic disorders; asthma; allergy; food allergy
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Dr. Rothenberg is director of the Division of
Allergy/Immunology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and tenured
professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in
chemistry and biochemistry from Brandeis University. He then completed the
MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School under Dr. Frank Austen, conducting
studies on eosinophil hematopoiesis, as he developed the first culture system
for human eosinophils. After completing residency at Children’s Hospital,
Boston, Dr. Rothenberg did a fellowship in allergy/immunology and hematology at
Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rothenberg did post-doctorate training with Dr. Philip
Leder, Harvard Medical School, where he cloned the eotaxin chemokine. After
being faculty at Harvard Medical School for one year, he came to the University
of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's, where he has helped build a top
program in research, and his division is a leader in allergy and immunology.
His research is focused on molecular analysis of allergic
inflammation, primarily on the molecular pathogenesis of eosinophilic
esophagitis. His laboratory takes a multi-disciplinary approach including the development
of preclinical murine models: genetics, genomics, molecular immunology, and
biochemistry. Dr. Rothenberg’s awards include the 2007 E Mead Johnson Award
from the Society of Pediatric Research, 2010 National Institutes of Health
MERIT Award, and being elected an American Association for the Advancement of
Science fellow. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical
Investigation, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society for Pediatric
Radiology. His publications number over 300. He has served on review panels for
journals/grant agencies including National Institutes of Health (NIH),
Burroughs Trust, and Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom. He served
for four-years on the Advisory Council of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Disease. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical
Immunology since 2004. His research has been supported by sources including
the NIH, Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Burroughs Wellcome Fund,
Dana Foundation, and Department of Defense.
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MD, PhD: Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, 1990.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1991-1992.
Fellowship: Immunology / Allergy, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1992-1994; Hematology / Oncology, Children's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, 1992-1995.
Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991; Board of Registration in Medicine, MA, 1992; American Board of Pediatrics, 1995, 2001, 2008; Ohio State Medical Board, 1997; American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 1997, 2006.
Butz BK, Wen T, Gleich GJ, Furuta GT, Spergel J, King E, Kramer RE, Collins MH, Stucke E, Mangeot C, Jackson WD, O'Gorman M, Abonia JP, Pentiuk S, Putnam PE, Rothenberg ME. Efficacy, dose reduction, and resistance to high-dose fluticasone in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis. Gastroenterology. 2014; In press.
Sherrill JD, Kc K, Wu D, Djukic Z, Caldwell JM, Stucke EM, Kemme KA, Costello MS, Mingler MK, Blanchard C, Collins MH, Abonia JP, Putnam PE, Dellon ES, Orlando RC, Hogan SP, Rothenberg ME. Desmoglein-1 regulates esophageal epithelial barrier function and immune responses in eosinophilic esophagitis. Mucosal Immunol. 2014 May;7(3):718-29.
Wen T, Stucke EM, Grotjan TM, Kemme KA, Abonia JP, Putnam PE, Franciosi JP, Garza JM, Kaul A, King EC, Collins MH, Kushner JP, Rothenberg ME. Molecular diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis by gene expression profiling. Gastroenterology. 2013 Dec;145(6):1289-99.
Wen T, Besse JA, Mingler MK, Fulkerson PC, Rothenberg ME. Eosinophil adoptive transfer system to directly evaluate pulmonary eosinophil trafficking in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 9;110(15):6067-72
Lu TX, Sherrill JD, Wen T, Plassard AJ, Besse JA, Abonia JP, Franciosi JP, Putnam PE, Eby M, Martin LJ, Aronow BJ, Rothenberg ME. MicroRNA signature in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, reversibility with glucocorticoids, and assessment as disease biomarkers. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Apr;129(4):1064-75.e9.
Rothenberg ME, Spergel JM, Sherrill JD, Annaiah K, Martin LJ, Cianferoni A, Gober L, Kim C, Glessner J, Frackelton E, Thomas K, Blanchard C, Liacouras C, Verma R, Aceves S, Collins MH, Brown-Whitehorn T, Putnam PE, Franciosi JP, Chiavacci RM, Grant SF, Abonia JP, Sleiman PM, Hakonarson H. Common variants at 5q22 associate with pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Nat Genet. 2010 Apr;42(4):289-91.
Rothenberg ME, Klion AD, Roufosse FE, Kahn JE, Weller PF, Simon HU, Schwartz LB, Rosenwasser LJ, Ring J, Griffin EF, Haig AE, Frewer PI, Parkin JM, Gleich GJ; Mepolizumab HEC Study Group. Treatment of patients with the hypereosinophilic syndrome with mepolizumab. N Engl J Med. 2008 Mar 20;358(12):1215-28.
Blanchard C, Wang N, Stringer KF, Mishra A, Fulkerson PC, Abonia JP, Jameson SC, Kirby C, Konikoff MR, Collins MH, Cohen MB, Akers R, Hogan SP, Assa'ad AH, Putnam PE, Aronow BJ, Rothenberg ME. Eotaxin-3 and a uniquely conserved gene-expression profile in eosinophilic esophagitis. J Clin Invest. 2006 Feb;116(2):536-47.
Hogan SP, Mishra A, Brandt EB, Royalty MP, Pope SM, Zimmermann N, Foster PS, Rothenberg ME. A pathological function for eotaxin and eosinophils in eosinophilic gastrointestinal inflammation. Nat Immunol. 2001 Apr;2(4):353-60.
Mishra A, Hogan SP, Brandt EB, Rothenberg ME. An etiological role for aeroallergens and eosinophils in experimental esophagitis. J Clin Invest. 2001 Jan;107(1):83-90.
NICHHD Pediatric Center for Gene Expression and Developmental Sciences. Training Director. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2011–Nov 2016. K12 HD028827.
Epithelial Genes in Allergic Inflammation. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2011–Aug 2016. U19 AI070235.
Eosinophil:M2 Macrophage:CCL11 Axis in Experimental Colitis and Pediatric Corticosteroid Resistant Ulcerative Colitis. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2012–Mar 2016. R01 DK090119-01A1.
Immunobiology of Peanut Allergy and It’s Treatment. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2010–Jun 2015. U19 AI066738.
Regulation of Gastrointestinal Eosinophils. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Dec 2009–Nov 2014. R37 AI045898.
IL-13 Associated Eosinophil Lung Responses. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2009–Jul 2014. R01 AI083450.
Immunology/allergy Fellowship Training Grant. Co-Investigator and Project Director. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2009–Jun 2014. T32 AI060515.
Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training. Co-Program Director. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2009–Mar 2015. KL2 TR000078.
The Expression and Function of Paired Immunoglobulin-like Receptor B in Eosinophils. Co-Principal Investigator. U.S. - Israel Binational Science Foundation. Oct 2012–Sep 2016. #201144.
J. Pablo Abonia, MD Interim Director, Registry for Eosinophilic Disorders (REGID)
Interim Director, Registry for Eosinophilic Disorders (REGID)
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Eosinophilic and mast cell disorders; immunodeficiency
J. Pablo Abonia, MD, provides the bulk of the clinical allergy care for patients with eosinophilic disease. He is currently involved in a multicenter clinical research trial of anti-IL5 (reslizumab) for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis. His research focuses on mining the research databanks (patient characteristics, tissue samples, RNA and DNA) to elucidate the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis, and he is the Interim Director of the Registry for Eosinophilic Disorders (REGID). He is particularly interested in the role of mast cells in eosinophilic esophagitis.
MD: University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1997.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2000.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2001; American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 2003.
Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME. Eosinophilic esophagitis: rapidly advancing insights. Annu Rev Med. 2012;63:421-34.
Spergel JM, Rothenberg ME, Collins MH, Furuta GT, Markowitz JE, Fuchs G 3rd, O'Gorman MA, Abonia JP, Young J, Henkel T, Wilkins HJ, Liacouras CA. Reslizumab in children and adolescents with eosinophilic esophagitis: results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Feb;129(2):456-63.
Lu TX, Sherrill JD, Wen T, Plassard AJ, Besse JA, Abonia JP, Franciosi JP, Putnam PE, Eby M, Martin LJ, Aronow BJ, Rothenberg ME. MicroRNA signature in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis, reversibility with glucocorticoids, and assessment as disease biomarkers. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Apr;129(4):1064-75.
Henderson CJ, Abonia JP, King EC, Putnam PE, Collins MH, Franciosi JP, Rothenberg ME. Comparative dietary therapy effectiveness in remission of pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Jun;129(6):1570-8.
Franciosi JP, Hommel KA, DeBrosse CW, Greenberg AB, Greenler AJ, Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME, Varni JW. Quality of life in paediatric eosinophilic oesophagitis: what is important to patients? Child Care Health Dev. 2012 Jul;38(4):477-83.
Franciosi JP, Hommel KA, Greenberg AB, Debrosse CW, Greenler AJ, Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME, Varni JW. Development of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Eosinophilic Esophagitis Module items: qualitative methods. BMC Gastroenterol. 2012 Sep 25;12(1):135.
Abonia JP, Putnam PE. Mepolizumab in eosinophilic disorders. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2011 Jul;7(4):411-7.
Debrosse CW, Franciosi JP, King EC, Buckmeier Butz BK, Greenberg AB, Collins MH, Abonia JP, Assa'ad A, Putnam PE, Rothenberg ME. Long-term outcomes in pediatric-onset esophageal eosinophilia. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jul;128(1):132-8.Abonia JP, Castells M. Drug allergy in pediatric patients. Pediatr Ann. 2011 Apr;40(4):200-4.
Franciosi JP, Hommel KA, DeBrosse CW, Greenberg AB, Greenler AJ, Abonia JP, Rothenberg ME, Varni JW. Development of a validated patient-reported symptom metric for pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis: qualitative methods. BMC Gastroenterol. 2011 Nov 18;11:126.
Amal H. Assa'ad, MD Associate Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
centers her research on food allergy and asthma. She has established a food allergy research to study the optimal diagnosis for food allergies and reactions and potential treatments, including desensitization protocols. Dr. Assa’ad conducts clinical trials using novel biologic agents for the treatment of eosinophilic disorders, including those of the gastrointestinal tract, and for the treatment of severe asthma in pediatric and adult patients.
Associate Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director of Clinical Services, Division of Allergy and Immunology
MBBCh (MD): Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1978.
MS: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1982.
Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Michigan State University, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.; Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1990-1992.Fellowship: Allergy/Clinical Immunology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1986-1987; Allergy/Clinical Immunology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-1995.Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1992; American Board of Pediatrics, 1992; American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 1995.
Amin MR, Khoury JC, Assa’ad AH. Food-specific serum immunoglobulin E measurements in children presenting with food allergy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014; 112(2): 121-5.
Fiocchi A, Annunziato F, Assa'ad A, et al. The management of paediatric allergy: not everybody's cup of tea--10-11th February 2012. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol, 2013; 13 Suppl 1, S1-50.
Fleischer D, Spergel J, Assa’ad A, Pongracic J. Primary Prevention of Allergic Disease Through Nutritional Interventions. J Allergy Clin Immunol. In Practice, 2013; 1(1): 29-36.
Assa'ad A, Fiocchi A. Guidelines change the diagnostic process of cow milk food allergy: problem- based learning. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012; 12:564–569.
Butsch Kovacic M, Biagini Myers JM, Lindsey M, Patterson T, Sauter S, Ericksen MB, Ryan P, Assa'ad A, et al. The Greater Cincinnati Pediatric Clinic Repository: A Novel Framework for Childhood Asthma and Allergy Research. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2012; 25(2): 104-113.
Uygungil B, Assa'ad A, et al. Immunodeficiency: a problem with the faucet or the drain?Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011; 107(6): p. 547-9.
Sackesen C, Assa'ad A, et al. Cow's milk allergy as a global challenge. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011(3): 243-248.
Burks AW, Jones SM, Boyce JA, Sicherer SH, Wood RA, Assa'ad A, Sampson HA. NIAID-Sponsored 2010 Guidelines for Managing Food Allergy: Applications in the Pediatric Population. Pediatrics. 2011; 128(5): 955-965.
Boyce JA, Assa'ad A, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States: summary of the NIAID-sponsored expert panel report. Nutr Res. 2011; 31(1): 61-75.
Assa'ad AH, Gupta SK, Collins MH, et al. An Antibody Against IL-5 Reduces Numbers of Esophageal Intraepithelial Eosinophils in Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Gastroenterology. 2011; 141(5): 1593-1604.
Artem Barski, PhD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Epigenetics; epigenomics; immunology; T cell memory
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Artem Barski, PhD, is interested in epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of gene expression. During his post-doctoral training in Keji Zhao lab at NIH, Dr. Barski took part in the development of ChIP-Seq, a revolutionary method that combines ChIP with the next-generation sequencing. ChIP-Seq allows genome-wide mapping of chromatin modifications and transcription factor binding sites with resolution and sensitivity far exceeding older methods. Together with his NIH colleagues Dr. Barski used this approach to map more than 40 chromatin modifications in human T cells, which fundamentally improved the understanding of epigenetic regulation of transcription. Dr. Barski has since been using ChIP-Seq and other sequencing-based genome-wide methods to understand the role of chromatin modifications in gene regulation. His most recent work includes investigation of chromatin regulation of genes transcribed by RNA Polymerase III and the discovery of gene poising in T cells.
Since his arrival to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2011, Dr. Barski is utilizing ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq and other cutting-edge approaches to understand epigenetic basis of T cell activation, memory and tolerance.
Barski A, Chepelev I, Liko D, Cuddapah S, Fleming AB, Birch J, Cui K, White RJ, Zhao K. Pol II and its associated epigenetic marks are present at Pol III-transcribed noncoding RNA genes. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2010 May;17(5):629-34. Cuddapah S, Barski A, Zhao K. Epigenomics of T cell activation, differentiation, and memory. Curr Opin Immunol. 2010 Jun;22(3):341-7.
Cuddapah S, Barski A, Cui K, Schones DE, Wang Z, Wei G, Zhao K. Native chromatin preparation and Illumina/Solexa library construction. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2009 Jun;2009(6):pdb.prot5237. Barski A, Jothi R, Cuddapah S, Cui K, Roh TY, Schones DE, Zhao K. Chromatin poises miRNA- and protein-coding genes for expression. Genome Res. 2009 Oct;19(10):1742-51
Barski A, Zhao K. Genomic location analysis by ChIP-Seq. J Cell Biochem. 2009 May 1;107(1):11-8. Jothi R, Cuddapah S, Barski A, Cui K, Zhao K. Genome-wide identification of in vivo protein-DNA binding sites from ChIP-Seq data. Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Sep;36(16):5221-31. Wang Z, Zang C, Rosenfeld JA, Schones DE, Barski A, Cuddapah S, Cui K, Roh TY, Peng W, Zhang MQ, Zhao K. Combinatorial patterns of histone acetylations and methylations in the human genome. Nat Genet. 2008 Jul;40(7):897-903 Schones DE, Cui K, Cuddapah S, Roh TY, Barski A, Wang Z, Wei G, Zhao K. Dynamic regulation of nucleosome positioning in the human genome. Cell. 2008 Mar 7;132(5):887-98. Barski A, Cuddapah S, Cui K, Roh TY, Schones DE, Wang Z, Wei G, Chepelev I, Zhao K. High-resolution profiling of histone methylations in the human genome. Cell. 2007 May 18;129(4):823-37. Barski A, Frenkel B. ChIP Display: novel method for identification of genomic targets of transcription factors. Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 Jul 13;32(12):e104.
Patricia C. Fulkerson, MD, PhD
Eosinophilic disorders; immunodeficiency; immune dysregulation
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Patricia C. Fulkerson, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Rothenberg was focused on the analysis of experimental allergic lung inflammation in mice. She made a series of groundbreaking observations including a novel approach to understanding the complex and coordinated interplay of the chemokine family of cytokines and eosinophils in experimental allergic lung disease. Throughout her graduate studies, Dr. Fulkerson was recognized as a top trainee in the laboratory. Nationally, she was selected for competitive awards; her most distinguished award was the Serono Ian Clark-Lewis Memorial Award, provided to a trainee for the best talk at the Keystone Symposium Chemokines & Chemokine Receptors. Locally, she has received several competitive awards and scholarships including the Physician Scientist Training Program Scholar Award, as well as prizes for participation in research forums. Upon completion of the MD/PhD program, Dr. Fulkerson completed a research-track pediatric residency. She was recognized as being an outstanding resident and was awarded the Thomas F. Boat Pediatric Pulmonology Award in her final year of residency.
Dr. Fulkerson's innovation and dedication to research continued to be recognized during her allergy/immunology fellowship; she received the AAI-Life Technologies Trainee Achievement Award from the American Association of Immunologists in 2011, and she has the distinction of having achieved extramural funding during her first year of clinical fellowship, with the NIH awarding her a K08 grant on her first application. This independent funding at such an early stage is a notable accomplishment. Now, as an assistant professor, Dr. Fulkerson’s independent research program is focused on the biology of the eosinophil lineage-committed progenitor (EoP). Her overall aim is to identify novel therapeutic targets to block eosinophil production for the treatment of patients with eosinophilic disorders. She has developed a number of innovative methods to study the regulation of eosinophil development including liquid culture systems to follow differentiation of both murine and human EoPs into mature effector eosinophils. The pathways that are identified in her culture systems are tested in models of hypereosinophilia, infection, and allergic inflammation to further characterize the clinical and therapeutic potential of candidate targets.
MD: Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.
PhD: Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.
Fellowship: Allergy and Immunology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.
Wechsler ME, Fulkerson PC, Bochner BS, Gauvreau GM, Gleich GJ, Henkel T, Kolbeck R, Mathur SK, Ortega H, Patel J, Prussin C, Renzi P, Rothenberg ME, Roufosse F, Simon D, Simon HU, Wardlaw A, Weller PF, Klion AD. Novel targeted therapies for eosinophilic disorders. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012;130(3):563-71.
Zuo L, Fulkerson PC, Finkelman FD, Mingler M, Fischetti CA, Blanchard C, Rothenberg ME. IL-13 induces esophageal remodeling and gene expression by an eosinophil-independent, IL-13R alpha 2-inhibited pathway. J Immunol. 2010;185(1):660-9.
Fulkerson PC, Rothenberg ME. Origin, regulation and physiological function of intestinal eosinophils. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2008;22(3):411-23.
Mishra A, Wang M, Pemmaraju VR, Collins MH, Fulkerson PC, Abonia JP, Blanchard C, Putnam PE, Rothenberg ME. Esophageal remodeling develops as a consequence of tissue specific IL-5-induced eosinophilia. Gastroenterology. 2008;134(1):204-14.
Fulkerson PC, Fischetti CA, Rothenberg ME. Eosinophils and CCR3 regulate interleukin-13 transgene-induced pulmonary remodeling. Am J Pathol. 2006;169(6):2117-26.
Fulkerson PC, Fischetti CA, McBride ML, Hassman LM, Hogan SP, Rothenberg ME. A central regulatory role for eosinophils and the eotaxin/CCR3 axis in chronic experimental allergic airway inflammation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006;103(44):16418-23.
Blanchard C, Wang N, Stringer KF, Mishra A, Fulkerson PC, Abonia JP, Jameson SC, Kirby C, Konikoff MR, Collins MH, Cohen MB, Akers R, Hogan SP, Assa'ad AH, Putnam PE, Aronow BJ, Rothenberg ME. Eotaxin-3 and a uniquely conserved gene-expression profile in eosinophilic esophagitis. J Clin Invest. 2006;116(2):536-47.
Fulkerson PC, Zhu H, Williams DA, Zimmermann N, Rothenberg ME. CXCL9 inhibits eosinophil responses by a CCR3- and Rac2-dependent mechanism. Blood. 2005;106(2):436-43.
Fulkerson PC, Zimmermann N, Brandt EB, Muntel EE, Doepker MP, Kavanaugh JL, Mishra A, Witte DP, Zhang H, Farber JM, Yang M, Foster PS, Rothenberg ME. Negative regulation of eosinophil recruitment to the lung by the chemokine monokine induced by IFN-gamma (Mig, CXCL9). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004;101(7):1987-92.
Simon P. Hogan, PhD Director of Research, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director of Research, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director of Admissions, Immunology Graduate Program
Food allergies and anaphylaxis; inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD); innate immunity; gastrointestinal immunity and function; cystic fibrosis (CF)
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Waddell A, Ahrens R, Tsai YT, Sherrill JD, Denson LA, Steinbrecher KA, Hogan SP. Intestinal CCL11 and eosinophilic inflammation is regulated by myeloid cell-specific RelA/p65 in mice. J Immunol. 2013 May 1;190(9):4773-85.
Ahrens R, Osterfeld H, Wu D, Arumugam M, Groschwitz K, Strait RA, Finkelman FD, Hogan SP. Intestinal mast cell levels influence severity of oral antigen-induced anaphylaxis. Am J Pathol. 2012 Apr;180(4):1535-46.
Beichler A, Ahrens R, Steinbrecher K, Rothenberg ME, Munitz A, Denson L, Hogan SP. Colonic eosinophilic inflammation in experimental colitis is mediated by Ly6C+ CCR2+ inflammatory monocyte-derived CCL11. J Immunol. 2011 May 15;186(10):5993-6003.
Arumugam M, Ahrens R, Osterfeld H, Kottyan LC, Shang X, Maclennan JA, Zimmermann N, Zheng Y, Finkelman FD, Hogan SP. Increased susceptibility of 129SvEvBrd mice to IgE-Mast cell mediated anaphylaxis. BMC Immunol. 2011 Feb 3;12:14.
Wu D, Ahrens R, Osterfeld H, Noah TK, Groschwitz K, Foster PS, Steinbrecher KA, Rothenberg ME, Shroyer NF, Matthaei KI, Finkelman FD, Hogan SP. Interleukin-13 (IL-13)/IL-13 receptor alpha1 (IL-13Ralpha1) signaling regulates intestinal epithelial cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator channel-dependent Cl- secretion. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2011;286(15), 13357-13369.
Osterfeld H, Ahrens R, Strait R, Rothenberg ME, Finkelman FD, Renauld JC, Hogan SP. Divergent roles for the IL9/IL9R-pathway in systemic antigen- and oral antigen-induced anaphylaxis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;125: 469-476.
Munitz A, Cole ET, Waddell A, Groschwitz K, Ahrens R, Steinbrecher K, Willson T, Han X, Denson L, Rothenberg ME, Hogan SP. Paired immunoglobulin-like receptor B (PIR-B) negatively regulates macrophage activation in experimental colitis. Gastroenterology. 2010;139(2), 530-541.
Groschwitz K, Ahrens R, Osterfeld H, Gurish MF, Abrink M, Finkelman F, Pejler G, Hogan SP. Mast cells regulate homeostatic intestinal epithelial migration and barrier function by a chymase/Mcpt4-dependent mechanism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2009;106(52), 22381-22386.
Ahrens R, Waddell A, Seidu L, Blanchard, C, Carey R, Forbes E, Lampinen M, Willson T, Cohen E, Stringer K, Ballard E, Munitz A, Xu H, Lee N, Lee JJ, Rothenberg ME, Denson L, Hogan SP. Intestinal macrophage/epithelial cell-derived CCL11/eotaxin-1 mediates eosinophil recruitment and function in pediatric ulcerative colitis. The Journal of Immunology. 2008;181(10), 7390-7399.
Forbes EE, Groschwitz K, Abonia JP, Brandt EB, Cohen E, Blanchard C, Ahrens R, Seidu L, McKenzie A, Strait R, Finkelman FD, Foster PS, Matthaei KI, Rothenberg ME, Hogan SP. IL-9- and mast cell-mediated intestinal permeability predisposes to oral antigen hypersensitivity. The Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2008;205(4), 897-913.
MiR-375 regulation of CFTR expression and Cl- secretory function. Principal Investigator. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jul 2012-Jun 2014.
Eosinophil:M2 Macrophage:CCL11 Axis in Experimental Colitis and Pediatric Corticosteroid Resistant UC. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK). Apr 2012-Mar 2016.
Epithelial Genes in Allergic Inflammation. Project 2 – Collaborating Investigator. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAIDS). Sep 2006-Aug 2016.
Michelle B. Lierl, MD Clinical Allergist, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Clinical Allergist, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Adjunct Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Treatment and prevention of asthma; allergic rhinitis; allergen immunotherapy; eczema; food allergy; anaphylaxis; suspected immune deficiency
Role of environmental allergens and pollutants in childhood asthma; allergen immunotherapy; asthma pathogenesis and treatment; role of outdoor fungal spores as aeroallergens; diagnosis and treatment of food allergy
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Michelle B. Lierl, MD, is board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonary medicine and allergy/immunology. Dr. Lierl's primary clinical interests are diagnosis and treatment of asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic cough, food, latex, insect venom and drug allergies, and eczema.
Dr. Lierl has been treating allergy patients in the Allergy Clinic and Asthma Center, which provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergies, as well as comprehensive patient education regarding these diseases. She has developed community outreach and patient / family education programs for urban children with asthma and their families.
Dr. Lierl also helps staff the allergy inpatient service, which provides consultation for the management of patients with difficult-to-manage asthma, suspected drug allergies, anaphylaxis, or suspected immune deficiency.
Lierl MB. Management of mild to moderate pediatric asthma. Infect Dis Child. 2011 Dec;supplement: 8-12.
Lierl MB. Allergen immunotherapy: Shots for asthma, wheezing and bee sting. Ped Annals. 2011 Apr;40:192-199.
Spanier AJ, Kahn RS, Hurnung RW, Lierl MB, Lanphear BP. Associations of Fraction of Exhaled Nitric Oxide with Beta Agonist Use in Children with Asthma. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology. 2011 Mar;24(1):45-50.
Lanphear BP, Hornung RW, Khoury J, Yolton K, Lierl M, Kalkbrenner A. Effects of HEPA air cleaners on unscheduled asthma visits and asthma symptoms for children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke. Pediatrics. 2011 Jan;127(1):93-101.
Metz KA, Assa'ad A, Lierl MB, Backeljauw P. Allergic reaction to mecasermin. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009;103(1):82-3.
Metz KA, Johnson T, Khurana Hershey GK, Lierl MB, Seidu L, Burns K, Assa’ad A. Successful administration of cytarabine in a 16 month old girl with acute myelogenous leukemia and cytarabine syndrome. Ann Allergy, Asthma Immunol. 2009;102:173-4.
Spanier AJ, Kahn RS, Hornung RW, Wang N, Sun G, Lierl MB, Lanphear BP. Environmental exposures, nitric oxide synthase genes, and exhaled nitric oxide in asthmatic children. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2009 Aug;44(8):812-9.
Spanier AJ, Hornung RW, Kahn RS, Lierl MB, Lanphear BP. Seasonal variation and environmental predictors of exhaled nitric oxide in children with asthma. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2008 Jun;43(6):576-83.
Lierl M. Periodic fever syndromes: a diagnostic challenge for the allergist. Allergy. 2007 Dec;62(12):1349-58. Review.
Spanier AJ, Hornung R, Lierl M, Lanphear BP. Environmental exposures and exhaled nitric oxide in children with asthma. J Pediatr. 2006 Aug;149(2):220-6.
Santa Ono, PhD President, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Ono's principal research interests focus on transcriptional regulation in the human immune system, mechanisms of mast-cell dependent inflammation on the ocular surface, and the immune component of age-related macular degeneration.
President, University of Cincinnati
Santa J. Ono, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Kimberly A. Risma, MD, PhD Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program
Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program
Immune deficiency; immune dysregulation
Pathophysiology of perforin missense mutations identified in individuals with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; molecular mechanisms of primary immune deficiency and dysregulation; natural killer cell and cytotoxic T lymphocyte cytotoxicity
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Kimberly Risma, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Risma graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Duke University in 1990 and was elected into The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She then matriculated at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). In 1996, she completed a PhD in pharmacology. She was selected by the leadership of the CWRU MSTP as the recipient of the 1997 Martin Wahl Memorial Fund Award, given annually to recognize the graduating MD, PhD student who has demonstrated the highest level of independence in research and excellence in research and clinical skills. She was also elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Society in 1997.
In 1997, she enrolled in a Pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati. During the residency program, Dr. Risma was awarded the pediatric resident teaching award by the medical students. She also engaged in translational research studies related to the genetics of asthma under the mentorship of Dr. Gurjit Hershey, resulting in a first author publication as a pediatric resident.
In 2000, Dr. Risma was accepted to the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s. In addition to her clinical training, she pursued an innovative research project under the mentorship of Dr. Janos Sumegi and Dr. Alexandra Filipovich. She proposed a mechanism to study the structural and functional impact of perforin missense mutations identified in patients with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. In 2004 she was awarded the Nezelof Prize for best scientific presentation at the international meeting of the Histiocyte Society. The culmination of her fellowship research project was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2006.
Upon completion of her fellowship in 2005, Dr. Risma was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In 2006 Dr. Risma received a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Risma is the director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children's, having served in this leadership position since August of 2012.Dr. Risma's research program focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation in children, especially as it relates to disorders of lymphocyte cytotoxicity. In addition to her research, she sees patients from all around the country in consultation for primary immune deficiency, immune dysregulation, and allergic disorders.
MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 1997.
PhD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 1996.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1997-2000.
Fellowship: Allergy / Immunology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Allergy and Immunology, 2005.
Risma K. A loss of naivete. Blood. 2012 Apr 12;119(15):3371-2.
Risma K, Jordan MB. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: updates and evolving concepts. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Feb;24(1):9-15.
Uygungil B, Assa'Ad A, Khurana Hershey GK, Risma K. Immunodeficiency: a problem with the faucet or the drain? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Dec;107(6):547-9.
Zhang K, Jordan MB, Marsh RA, Johnson JA, Kissell D, Meller J, Villanueva J, Risma KA, Wei Q, Klein PS, Filipovich AH. Hypomorphic mutations in PRF1, MUNC13-4, and STXBP2 are associated with adult-onset familial HLH. Blood. 2011 Nov 24;118(22):5794-8.
Lykens JE, Terrell CE, Zoller EE, Risma K, Jordan MB. Perforin is a critical physiologic regulator of T-cell activation. Blood. 2011 Jul 21;118(3):618-26.
Sumegi J, Barnes MG, Nestheide SV, Molleran-Lee S, Villanueva J, Zhang K, Risma KA, Grom AA, Filipovich AH. Gene expression profiling of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from children with active hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Blood. 2011 Apr 14;117(15):e151-60.
Uygungil B, Bleesing JJ, Risma KA, McNeal MM, Rothenberg ME. Persistent rotavirus vaccine shedding in a new case of severe combined immunodeficiency: A reason to screen. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Jan;125(1):270-1.
Marsh RA, Villanueva J, Kim MO, Zhang K, Marmer D, Risma KA, Jordan MB, Bleesing JJ, Filipovich AH. Patients with X-linked lymphoproliferative disease due to BIRC4 mutation have normal invariant natural killer T cell populations. Clin Immunol. 2009 Jul;132(1):116-23.
Marsh RA, Villanueva J, Zhang K, Snow AL, Su HC, Madden L, Mody R, Kitchen B, Marmer D, Jordan MB, Risma KA, Filipovich AH, Bleesing JJ. A rapid flow cytometric screening test for X-linked lymphoproliferative disease due to XIAP deficiency. Cytometry B Clin Cytom. 2009 Sep;76(5):334-44.
Risma KA, Frayer RW, Filipovich AH, Sumegi J. Aberrant maturation of mutant perforin underlies the clinical diversity of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. J Clin Invest. 2006 Jan;116(1):182-92.
Joseph D. Sherrill, PhD
is a molecular geneticist who has a diverse research background in microbiology, immunology and genetics. His current research employs a functional genomics approach to understand the genetic etiology of inflammatory diseases such as eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. In particular, his lab is focused on the discovery of disease-associated genetic variants and characterizing the biological impact of such variants using various in vitro and in vivo model systems.
Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.
Research Fellowship: Division of Allergy and Immunology, Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2012.
Sherrill JD, Rothenberg ME. Genetic dissection of eosinophilic esophagitis provides insight into disease pathogenesis and treatment strategies. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2011;128(1):23-32.
Sherrill JD, Gao P, Stucke EM, Blanchard C, Collins MH, Putnam PE, Franciosi JP, Kushner JP, Abonia JP, Assa’ad AH, Butsch Kovacic M, Biagini Meyers JM, Bochner BS, He H, Khurana Hershey G, Martin LJ, Rothenberg ME. Variants of thymic stromal lymphopoietin and its receptor associate with eosinophilic esophagitis. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2010;126(1):160-5.
Rothenberg ME*, Spergel JM*, Sherrill JD*, Annaiah K*, Martin LJ*, Cianferoni A, Gober L, Kim C, Glessner J, Frackelton E, Thomas K, Blanchard C, Liacouras C, Verma R, Aceves S, Collins MH, Brown-Whitehorn T, Putnam PE, Franciosi JP, Chiavacci RM, Grant SF, Abonia JP, Sleiman PM, Hakonarson H. Common variants at 5q22 associate with pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Nature Genetics. 2010;42(4):289-91. *co-first author
Sherrill JD, Stropes MP, Schneider OD, Koch DE, Bittencourt FM, Miller JLC, Miller WE. Activation of intracellular signaling pathways by the murine cytomegalovirus G protein-coupled receptor M33 occurs via PLC-beta/PKC-dependent and -independent mechanisms. Journal of Virology. 2009;83(16):8141-52.
Sherrill JD, Miller, WE. Desensitization of Herpes-virus-encoded G protein-coupled receptors. Life Sciences. 2007;82(3-4):125-34.
Sherrill JD, Miller WE. G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) kinase 2 regulates agonist-independent Gq/11 signaling from the mouse cytomegalovirus GPCR M33. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2006;281(52):39796-805.
Yui-Hsi Wang, PhD
investigates the mechanisms that govern the plasticity of tissue resident TH2 memory / effector cells in the airway and gut. Particularly interested in understanding how inflammatory mediators, such as IL-1b, IL-33 and IL-25, regulate the development of IL-17-producing TH2 or IL-9-producing TH2 cells during airway or gastrointestinal allergic inflammation, respectively.
Wang YH, Voo KS, Liu B, Chen CY, Uygungil B, Spoede W, Bernstein JA, Huston DP, Liu YJ. A novel subset of CD4(+) T(H)2 memory/effector cells that produce inflammatory IL-17 cytokine and promote the exacerbation of chronic allergic asthma. J Exp Med. 2010 Oct 25;207(11):2479-91.
Shaw J, Wang YH, Ito T, Arima K, Liu YJ. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells regulate B-cell growth and differentiation via CD70. Blood. 2010 Apr 15;115(15):3051-7. Wang YH, Liu YJ. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin, OX40-ligand, and interleukin-25 in allergic responses. Clin Exp Allergy. 2009 Jun;39(6):798-806. Voo KS, Wang YH, Santori FR, Boggiano C, Wang YH, Arima K, Bover L, Hanabuchi S, Khalili J, Marinova E, Zheng B, Littman DR, Liu YJ. Identification of IL-17-producing FOXP3+ regulatory T cells in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Mar 24;106(12):4793-8. Lu N, Wang YH, Wang YH, Arima K, Hanabuchi S, Liu YJ. TSLP and IL-7 use two different mechanisms to regulate human CD4+ T cell homeostasis. J Exp Med. 2009 Sep 28;206(10):2111-9. Esashi E, Wang YH, Perng OA, Qin XF, Hennighausen L, Liu YJ, Watowich SS. Differential regulation of plasmacytoid and conventional dendritic cell development by GM-CSF through STAT5. Immunity. 2008;28:1-12. Wang YH, Liu YJ. The IL-17 cytokine family and their role in allergic inflammation. Curr Opin Immunol. 2008 Dec;20(6):697-702. Wang YH, Liu YJ. OX40-OX40L interactions: a promising therapeutic target for allergic diseases?J Clin Invest. 2007 Dec;117(12):3655-7.
Wang YH, Angkasekwinai P, Meng Q, Lu N, Voo KS, Arima K, Hanabuchi S, Corrigan CG, Lee T, Dong C, Huston DR, Yao Z, Ying S, and Liu YJ. IL-25 mediated cross talk between eosinophils and TSLP-DC-activated TH2 memory cells augments allergic immune responses. J. Exp. Med. 2007;204(8): 1837-1847. Ito T, Wang YH, Duramad O, Hanabuchi S, Perng OA, Gilliet M, Qin FX, Liu YJ. OX40 ligand shuts down IL-10-producing regulatory T cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 29;103(35):13138-43.
The roles of IL-17-producing TH2 memory/effector cells in allergic asthma. Principal Investigator. American Lung Association. July 2010 - June 2012. #AI-169584-N.
Regulation and maintenance of TH2 memory/effector cells. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. May 2010- April 2015. #R01AI090129-01.
Nives Zimmermann, MD Director of MS Track, Immunology Graduate Program
Director of MS Track, Immunology Graduate Program
Asthma; allergy; eosinophils; lung inflammation
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Niese KA, Collier AR, Hajek AR, Cederbaum SD, O'Brien WE, Wills-Karp M, Rothenberg ME and Zimmermann N. Bone marrow cell derived arginase I is the major source of allergen-induced lung arginase but is not required for airway hyperresponsiveness, remodeling and lung inflammatory responses in mice. BMC Immunology. 2009;10:33.
Kottyan LC, Collier AR, Cao KH, Niese KA, Hedgebeth M, Radu CG, Witte ON, Khurana Hershey G, Rothenberg ME, Zimmermann N. Eosinophil viability is increased by acidic pH in a cAMP and GPR65-dependent manner. Blood. 2009; 14(13):2774-82.
Zimmermann N, McBride ML, Yamada Y, Hudson SA, Jones C, Cromie KD, Crocker PR, Rothenberg ME, Bochner BS. Siglec-F antibody administration to mice selectively reduces blood and tissue eosinophils. Allergy. 2008;63:1156-63.
Bergeron C, Boulet LP, Page N, Laviolette M, Zimmermann N, Rothenberg ME, Hamid Q. Influence of cigarette smoke on the arginine pathway in asthmatic airways: increased expression of arginase I. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;119:391-7.
Guo JP, Nutku E, Yokoi H, Schnaar RL, Zimmermann N, Bochner BS. Siglec-8 and Siglec-F: inhibitory receptors on eosinophils, basophils and mast cells. Allergy Clin Immunol Inter – J World Allergy Org. 2007;19:54-59.
Brandt EB, Zimmermann N, Muntel EE, Yamada Y, Pope SM, Mishra A, Hogan SP, Rothenberg ME. The alpha4beta7-integrin is dynamically expressed on murine eosinophils and involved in eosinophil trafficking to the intestine. Clin Exp Allergy. 2006; 36(4):543-53.
Zimmermann N, Rothenberg ME. The arginine-arginase balance in asthma and lung inflammation. Eur J Pharmacol. 2006;533(1-3):253-62
Rothenberg ME, Doepker MP, Lewkowich IP, Chiaramonte MG, Stringer KF, Finkelman FD, MacLeod CL, Ellies LG and Zimmermann N. The cationic amino acid transporter 2 regulates inflammatory homeostasis in the lung. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006;103:14895
Yang M, Rangasamy D, Matthaei KI, Frew AJ, Zimmermann N, Mahalingam S, Webb DC, Tremethick DJ, Thompson PJ, Hogan SP, Rothenberg ME, Cowden WB, Foster PS. Inhibition of arginase I activity by RNA interference attenuates IL-13-induced airways hyperresponsiveness. J Immunol. 2006;177:5595-603.
Fulkerson PC, Zhu H, Williams DA, Zimmermann N, Rothenberg ME. CXCL9 inhibits eosinophil responses by a CCR3- and Rac2-dependent mechanism. Blood. 2005;106(2):436-43.
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