Gurjit (Neeru) Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD

Director, Division of Asthma Research

Co-Director, Office of Pediatric Clinical Fellowships

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7054

Fax 513-636-1657



Asthma; allergic rhinitis; food allergy; urticaria


Genetics of allergy and asthma; cytokines; signaling pathways

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Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, received a BS degree from the University of Iowa, and MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine. After completing pediatric residency and an allergy/immunology fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Khurana Hershey joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She now directs the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is the director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Khurana Hershey directs an NIH-funded research program focused on the genetics and genomics of allergic inflammation with a focus on cytokines and signal transduction. Her research has been continuously funded for over fifteen years. She is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center (AADCRC), and is also the PI of the Inner City Asthma Consortium, an NIH funded subcontract. She is the PI of the UC T32 MSTP training grant. In addition to her research contributions, she is an outstanding clinician and teacher/mentor. Several of her trainees now hold academic faculty positions. She is the recipient of the 2013 Cincinnati Children’s Educational Achievement Award.

Dr. Khurana Hershey is a fellow of the American Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She serves on the Executive Council of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Program Committee, is the chair of the Grant Review Committee and appointed vice chair of the Basic and Immunology Interest Section. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She was recently named One of the Five Leading Women in Healthcare in the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, and Outstanding Woman at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

BS: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1985.

PhD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1990.

MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1992.

Residency: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1992-1995.

Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1995-1997.

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2009 - Present.

Board Certification: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 2008 - Present.

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Biagini Myers JM, Martin LJ, Butsch Kovacic M, Mersha TB, He H, Pilipenko V, Lindsey MA, Ericksen MB, Bernstein DI, LeMasters GK, Lockey JE, Khurana Hershey GK. Epistasis between serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 5 (SPINK5) and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) genes contributes to childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 May 13. pii: S0091-6749(14)00520-X.

Wood RA, Togias A, Wildfire J, Visness CM, Matsui EC, Gruchalla R, Hershey G, Liu AH,  O’Connor GT, Pongracic JA, Zoratti E, Little F, Granada M, Kennedy S, Durham SR, Shamji MH, Busse WW. Development of cockroach immunotherapy by the Inner-City Asthma Consortium. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Mar;133(3)846-52.

Zhang Z, Xiao C, Gibson AM, Bass SA, Khurana Hershey GK. EGFR signaling blunts allergen-induced IL-6 production and Th17 responses in the skin and attenuates development and relapse of atopic dermatitis. J Immunol. 2014 Feb 1:192(3):859-66.

Kinker KG, Gibson AM, Bass SA, Day BP, Deng, J, Medvedovic M, Figueroa JA, Hershey GK,  Chen W. Overexpression of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase 1 attenuates airway inflammation in a mouse model of asthma. PloS One. 2014 Jan 10;9 (1):e85148.

Acciani TH, Brandt EB, Khurana Hershey GK, Le Cras TD. Diesel exhaust particle exposure increases severity of allergic asthma in young mice and children. Clin Exp Allergy. 2013 Dec;43(12):1406-18.

Brandt EB, Kovacic MB, Lee GB, Gibson AM, Acciani TH, Le Cras TD, Budelsky AL, Khurana Hershey GK. Diesel exhaust particle induction of IL17A contributes to severe asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov:132(5);1194-1204.

Brandt EB, Gibson AM, Bass S, Khurana Hershey GK. Exacerbation of Allergen-Induced Eczema in TLR4- and TRIF-Deficient Mice. J Immunol. 2013 Oct 1;191(7):3519-25.

Chen W, Sivaprasad U, Gibson AM, Ericksen MB, Cunningham CM, Bass SA, Kinker KG, Finkelman FD, Wills-Karp M, Khurana Hershey GK. IL-13 receptor α2 contributes to development of experimental allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Oct;132(4):951-958.

Lee GB, Brandt EB, Xiao C, Gibson AM, Le Cras TD, Brown LA, Fitzpatrick AM, Khurana Hershey GK. Diesel exhaust particles induce cysteine oxidation and S-glutathionylation in house dust mite induced murine asthma. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e60632.

Mintz-Cole RA, Brandt EB, Bass SA, Gibson AM, Reponen T, Khurana Hershey GK. Surface availability of beta-glucans is critical determinant of host immune response to C. cladosporioides J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jul;132(1):159-69.