Research in the Division of Asthma Research
The Division of Asthma Research is committed to improving the health of children with asthma. Our division uses basic, translational and clinical approaches of research to investigate how asthma and other allergic diseases develop in early childhood. Our team consists of a variety of specialists such as physicians, basic laboratory scientists, environmental health scientists, epidemiologists, clinical research coordinators, database specialist and a quantitative geneticist. Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey has over 20 years’ experience in mentoring postdocs, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. She has been a very successful mentor, teacher, and leader. Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey has trained over 80 trainees in her laboratory and 14 of her trainees now hold independent academic faculty positions. Collectively, her trainees have gone on to secure 39 external grants and publish over 500 manuscripts. The Division of Asthma Research is devoted to providing each individual within our division an outstanding educational and work experience. We are interested in recruiting self-driven individuals who want to join us and make a difference for children with Asthma.
“I feel very fortunate to work with the Asthma Research Family. I am surrounded by people every day who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The work environment is supportive to personal and professional growth. The division is comprised of a diverse group of people who have many different skills and areas of expertise.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job in Asthma Research is the relationships that we are able to build with the patients and families that we see. Unlike other nursing jobs, we able to take the time needed to build rapport with our families and educate them on their child’s asthma. The families are able to quickly get to know us, trust us, and have confidence that we are giving their child the best care possible.”
Kristi Curtsinger, Research Nurse
Employed: Summer 2011 to Current
“My favorite part about the division is the freedom that is given to learn and grow as a professional. Leadership has been nothing less than supportive of my professional development and I have been given the opportunity to enroll in graduate school and continue to further my education. During my time in Asthma Research, I have created meaningful relationships with wonderful people and have learned a lot about clinical research.”
Zachary Flege, Clinical Research Coordinator III
Employed: February 2018 to Current
Previously: Clinical Research Coordinator II