Anne Sperling, PhD has been appointed as Associate Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine effective August 1, 2017. Dr. Sperling, Professor of Medicine (Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care) received her PhD in immunology from Tufts University in 1990. Following that, she arrived at the University of Chicago for postdoctoral training in immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone. In 1994 she was appointed as a Research Associate in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, a position she held for two years. In 1996 she joined the faculty in the Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care as an Instructor and successful advanced through the academic ranks. On July 1, 2017, Dr. Sperling was promoted to Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Sperling is an accomplished scientist whose research focuses on role of the immune system in lung diseases. She has made significant contributions to our understanding of how T cell costimulatory molecules influence inflammation and disease, the role of lung dendritic cells in the initiation of type 2 inflammatory responses, and the regulation of inflammation resolution in allergic asthma. Recently, Dr. Sperling’s research interests have expanded to translational studies in human lung diseases such as asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Sperling has authored over 80 papers and has published extensively in high impact and she currently serves as PI on three NIH R series awards, and co-investigator on two additional NIH grants.
As an educator, Dr. Sperling serves as Director of the Respiratory Biology Training Grant (T32), a position she has held since 2013. She has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students as well as residents, postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows. She is co-director the weekly grant writing workshop for pulmonary fellows and junior faculty and has co-directed and taught Graduate Topics in Immunology course for several years.
As Associate Vice Chair for Research, Dr. Sperling will work closely with Julian Solway, MD and Bana Jabri, MD, PhD to enhance and advance the Department’s scientific mission. She will specifically focus her efforts on the development and mentoring of senior fellows and junior faculty, including our Pathway Instructors and Coggeshall Fellows