Specialty: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Board Certification(s): Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
Medical School: University of South Florida, Tampa
Internship: State University of New York, Syracuse
Residency: State University of New York; Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Clinical and Research Interests
Dr. Gern is board-certified in Allergy and Immunology and Pediatrics. Areas of interest include childhood allergies, asthma, food allergies, and immune deficiency.
Dr. Gern leads several NIH-funded studies to define the role of viral infections in the initiation and disease activity of asthma, and to identify interactions between host and viral factors that determine the severity of respiratory illnesses. He leads the Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma (URECA) study for the Inner City Asthma Consortium. The goal of this birth cohort study is to identify lifestyle and environmental factors (including viral infections) unique to the urban environment that influence early immune development to increase the risks for allergic diseases and asthma. Dr. Gern also leads translational research projects to identify host and viral factors that influence the severity of respiratory illnesses caused by rhinoviruses, as well as bench studies to identify distinct features of the newly discovered rhinovirus C-species.
Dr. Gern's other activities include:
- Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program Director
- Principal Investigator, UW Allergy and Immunology Training Grant (T32)
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