Patricia C. Fulkerson, MD, PhD

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-0973


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 within 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.

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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.

Role of Spi-C in Eosinophil Development and Functional Responses. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2011-Mar 2016. K08 KAI093573A.