Our Research Impact

Food allergy is an unrecognized epidemic, with two children in every classroom who are now affected. As biomedical researchers, we’re driven by the urgency of doing more to understand, to treat, and to prevent food allergy. Our goal is to one day develop a cure. Here’s how we intend to get there.

Scientist with microscope in a lab at the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center

We’ve assembled a remarkable team of experts, drawing from strengths in immunology, microbiology, computational biology, health care policy, and clinical pathology — all coming together to focus on the same problem from different angles. We learn faster together, and because food allergy isn’t a simple disease, we recognize the value of diversity of thought in finding new approaches.

Simon Hogan, Ph.D., with a pipette

The University of Michigan is a unique and fertile ground for scientific breakthroughs. The Weiser Food Allergy Center is part of Michigan Medicine, the university’s academic medical center that’s ranked No. 5 in the nation. Our research partners span the university, a research powerhouse and the No. 1 public institution in the country for research volume, according to the National Science Foundation.

Through our research, we seek to understand, to treat, and ultimately to prevent food allergy — a multi-pronged approach that begins with fundamental scientific understanding we can translate to the clinic.

“Having a passion for this disease and an empathy for the patients and the folks that have the disease is really an important piece for driving the pace of the research.”

Nicholas Lukacs, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center

We’re inspired every day by the families who live with food allergy. This personal connection energizes our work.