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Jennifer Pier with PosterThe AIR Division has a robust research program as well as a close working relationship with the Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, Dermatology and other departments at URMC. Faculty research spans a broad spectrum including clinical research, basic mechanisms of disease and translational research.

Scholarly Work

Every fellow must complete a scholarly project under faculty mentorship during their training. The specific project chosen is consistent with individual career goals and interests. All fellows are encouraged to publish or present their work externally at an academic meeting or in a peer-reviewed publication. Fellow projects have included:

  • Epidemiology of Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome
  • IgA Class Switching and Breast Milk
  • Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis
  • Pathophysiology of Lupus with a Focus on Nephritis

Fellow Publications

  • Wong A., Lomas J., Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy. Pediatrics in Review. May 2019, 40 (5) 219-228.
  • Burris AD, Wang H, Wilson LM, Jarvinen KM, Lomas J. Associated of oral habits with food allergy and comorbid atopic disease. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2020;125(2):230-231.
  • Pier J, Bingemann TA. Urticaria, Angioedema, and Anaphylaxis. Pediatr Rev. 2020; 41(6):283-292.
  • Stern J, Pier J, Litonjua AA. Asthma epidemiology and risk factors. Semin Immunopathol. 2020 Feb;42(1):5-1.
  • Rajani PS, Martin H, Groetch M, Jarviven KM. Presentation and Management of Food Allergy Breastfed Infants and Risks of Maternal Elimination Diets. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2020;8(1):52-67.
  • Wong A., Lomas J., Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy. Pediatrics in Review. May 2019, 40 (5) 219-228.
  • Barnas JL, Looney RJ, Anolik JH. B cell targeted therapies in autoimmune disease. Curr Opin Immunol. 2019;61:92-99.
  • Rajani PS, Slack MA. Papulopustular Dermatitis in X-linked Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Front Pediatr. 2019;31(6):429.
  • Dieudonne Y, Gies V, Guffroy A, Keime C, Bird AK, Liesveld J, Barnas JL et al. Transitional B cells in quiescent SLE: An early checkpoint imprinted by IFN. J Autoimm. 2019;102:150-158.
  • Gao L, Slack M, Barnas JL, McDavid A, Anolik J, Looney RJ. Cell Senescence in Lupus. 2019;21(2):1.
  • Rajani PS, Seppo AE, Jarvinen KM. Immunologically Active Components in Human Milk and Development of Atopic Disease, with Emphasis on Food Allergy, in the Pediatric Population. Front Pediatr. 2018;7(6):218.
  • Barnas JL, Ritchlin CT. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Psoriatic Arthritis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2015;41(4):643-663.
  • Wilson KM, Pier J, Wesgate SC, Cohen JM, Blumkin AK. Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of influenza in hospitalized children. J Pediatr 2013;162(1):16-21.
  • Wilson KM, Wesgate SC, Pier J, Weis E, Love T, Evans K, Chhibber A. Secondhand smoke exposure and serum cytokine levels in healthy children. Cytokine. 2012;60(1):34-7.

Fellow Presentations at National Meetings

  • TGF-β present in breast milk is biologically active to induce IgA production in B-cells.  Wong, A., Seppo A., Jarvinen-Seppo K. 2019 Feb American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Meeting
  • Anaphylaxis to Laminaria. Pier, J, Stern, J. 2019 Feb AAAAI Annual Meeting
  • Epidemiological Determinants of Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. Pier, J, Jarvinen-Seppo, K, Badwell, J Bingeman, T.2019 Feb AAAAI Annual Meeting
  • Anaphylaxis to Crickets.  Pier, J.  2017 Oct American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting
  • Spirometry utilization in primary care:  adherence to national asthma guidelines. Badwal, J S, Singh, DK, Alhatib, F, Lagu, T. 2017 Oct American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting
  • Applying behavioral strategies to successfully administer subcutaneous allergy immunotherapy in an 8-year boy with atopy, autism spectrum disorder, and fear of injections.  Sood, P, Schmidt, B, Lomas, J. 2017 March AAAAI Annual Meeting

What our fellows say...

Puja Sood, M.D.

"There is a lot of time for research, which is an important part of the field. [And] great mentors. Food allergy in pediatrics was my passion, and I found a role model and mentor in Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo. The bench research I did was invaluable.

Puja Sood, MD

Class of 2018