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 Kari C. Nadeau, MD, PhD

National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee Member

After graduating from Haverford College (summa cum laude) with a degree in biology, Dr. Nadeau attended Harvard Medical School via the Medical Scientist Training Program (NIH), and received a PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and an MD in 1995. She then performed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. From 1998 to 2002, she worked in the field of biopharmaceuticals and led clinical research to obtain FDA approval for two biologics in the field of Autoimmunity and Oncology, respectively. From 2003-2006, Dr. Nadeau was a fellow in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology at the Stanford/UCSF program under Dr. Umetsu and Dr. Avila. During this time, she also did a postdoctoral fellowship in human immune tolerance mechanisms in asthma and allergy. In 2006, Dr. Nadeau was appointed to the Stanford University School of Medicine with appointments in Pediatrics and Otolaryngology. She is a board certified specialist in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for both adult and pediatric patients. She established the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research in 2010, which she directs. She currently holds an endowed faculty position under the Nadissy Family Foundation. Dr. Nadeau has served as a reviewer for NIH Study Sections, and a member of the American Lung Association Medical Board, CA. She serves on the Environmental Health Policy committee for the American Thoracic Society and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 original papers, and has maintained an interest in the study of immune mechanisms in allergy and asthma for more than 20 years.

Her laboratory focuses on the study of immunological mechanisms involved in the cause, diagnosis, and therapy for allergy and asthma. The laboratory has three main focus areas 1) studying the role of environmental exposures in impairing natural immune tolerance and in promoting allergy and asthma, 2) determining the interactions of regulatory T cells, dendritic cells, and effector allergy cells (basophils) in mediating possible immune tolerance in food allergy, and 3) the role of STAT5a and STAT5b in the function of regulatory T cells.  Dr. Nadeau oversees a clinical research team that focuses on asthma and allergy clinical studies. She also focuses her efforts on collaborating and on mentoring others in the field of allergy and asthma.