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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. Fellows have the opportunity to apply for research funding through the John Leddy Fellowship Research Grant Program.

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:

  • Impact of Dupilumab on the Development of Food Allergy in Pediatric Patients with Severe Atopic Dermatitis
  • Health Disparities in Food Allergy and Atopic Dermatitis
  • 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
  • Evaluation of Predictors of a Positive Methacholine Challenge
  • Defining Characteristics and Outcomes for Patients Evaluated for Perioperative Challenges
  • Evaluating Real World Adoption Rates of Peanut Oral Immunotherapy in Children​

Fellow Publications

  1. Burris AD, Lomas JM, Järvinen KM. Is It Time to Offer Peanut Oral Immunotherapy to Toddlers? J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 Mar;9(3):1357-1358. 
  2. Burris AD, Burris J, Järvinen KM. Cow's Milk Protein Allergy in Term and Preterm Infants: Clinical Manifestations, Immunologic Pathophysiology, and Management Strategies. Neoreviews. 2020 Dec;21(12):e795-e808. 
  3. Burris AD, Wang H, Wilson LM, Jarvinen KM, Lomas J. Association of oral habits with food allergy and comorbid atopic disease. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2020 Aug;125(2):230-231. 
  4. Wong A., Lomas J., Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy. Pediatrics in Review. May 2019, 40 (5) 219-228. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Pier J, Bingemann TA. Urticaria, Angioedema, and Anaphylaxis. Pediatr Rev. 2020; 41(6):283-292. 
  7. Stern J, Pier J, Litonjua AA. Asthma epidemiology and risk factors. Semin Immunopathol. 2020 Feb;42(1):5-1. 
  8. Wong A., Lomas J., Allergy Testing and ImmunotherapyPediatrics in Review. May 2019, 40 (5) 219-228. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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

  • Herman K and Bingemann T. Antrochoanal Polyp: An Uncommon Cause of Chronic Nasal Congestion in a Pediatric Patient. 2022 American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY
  • 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