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The Division of Allergy and Immunology at Albany Medical College offers a two-year accredited fellowship in adult and pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Upon successful completion of the program, trainees will be eligible to sit for the board certification examination in Allergy and Immunology.

Our program is open to qualified board certified or board eligible internal medicine, general pediatrics or Medicine-Pediatrics graduates. Our goal is to provide trainees with expertise in the clinical management and conduction of clinical and translational research in allergic and immunologic diseases. The program consists of rotations in a busy academic allergy and immunology practice, a large private allergy practice, and in-hospital consult services at Albany Medical Center, the only academic health sciences center in northeastern New York. Electives are available in pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases including HIV medicine, in both adults and children. Trainees are required to spend a continuous six-month rotation in clinical or translational laboratory research in food allergy, asthma, role of nitric oxide and exhaled breath condensate in respiratory diseases, and the molecular biology of cells involved in allergic inflammation such as mast cells, basophils and eosinophils.

Trainees are required to complete a research project before graduation suitable to be presented at a national meeting and/or published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Those who are seriously considering an academic career may elect to spend a third year of training dedicated mainly to research leading to a junior faculty training or developing investigator grant.

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Research Initiatives


Blockade of IL-4Rα inhibits group 2 innate lymphoid cell responses in asthma patients. Patel G, Pan J, Ye L, Shen X, Rosloff D, D'Souza SS, Fung ITH, Celestin J, Sun W, Sankar P, Zhang Y, Pasha MA, Yang Q1,2. Clin Exp Allergy. 2020 Feb;50(2):267-270

Mucosal-associated invariant T cells restrict allergic airway inflammation.Longyun Ye, Jiexue Pan, Muhammad Asghar Pasha , Xiaofei Shen, Shanti S D'Souza, Ivan Ting Hin Fung, Yinna Wang, Bingnan Guo , Dale D Tang , Qi Yang. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 May;145(5):1469-1473.e4.

Development and function of inflammatory innate lymphoid cells.National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Grant number: (R01 award) 1R01HL137813-01A1. Project period: 04/15/2018-03/31/2022. Muhammad Asghar Pasha: Co investigator (PI Qi Yang).


Celestin J. (2019) Anaphylaxis and Systemic Allergic Reactions. In: Mahmoudi M., Craig T., Ledford D. (eds) Allergy and Asthma. Springer, Cham.

Role of Innate Lymphoid Cells in Allergic Diseases:M. Asghar Pasha, Gargi Patel, Russell Hopp, Qi Yang Submitted, Allergy Asthma Proc. 2019 May 1;40(3):138-145. doi: 10.2500/aap.2019.40.4217

Experience in patch testing: A 6 year retrospective review from a single academic allergy practice. Britta Sundquist, Barbara Yang, M. Asghar Pasha. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2019 Mar 6. pii: S1081-1206(19)30144-9. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2019.02.028.

Cutting-edge: CBFb is required for group-2 innate lymphoid cell activation. Shen X, Liang M, Chen X, Pasha MA, Dsorza S, Fung I, Ye Y, Pan X, Drake J, Drake L, Zhu J, Bhandoola A, Yang Q.J Immunol. 2019 Mar 15;202(6):1669-1673. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1800852. Epub 2019. Feb 6

A critical role for c‐Myc in group 2 innate lymphoid cell activation, Longyun YeJiexue PanMingwei LiangMuhammad Asghar PashaXiaofei ShenShanti S. D'SouzaIvan Ting Hin FungYinna WangGargi PatelDale D. TangQi Yang . Allergy. 2019 Dec 13. doi: 10.1111/all.14149.

Determining the clinical relevance of positive patch testing to gold in evaluation of contact dermatitis. Yang B, Sundquist BK, Pasha MA Journal of Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. Publish online 2018 May 29. pii: S2213-2198(18)30340-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.05.018 (Jan 2019; Vol 7, issue 1, pages 292-293).

Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in Patients with Severe Atopic Dermatitis on Dupilumab. Patel, G., Pasha, M.A., D’Souza, S., Yang, Q. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology national meeting 2019.


Kiranjit K. Khalsa, Qi Yang, Xiaofei Shen, M. Asghar Pasha, Jocelyn Celestin.Immunologic characterization of patients with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis disease. Clin Case rep. 2018;00:1-6 https://doi.org/10.1002/ccr3.1946 PMID: 30656037.

Patel, G., Pasha, M.A. “Screening for Hereditary Angioedema in Infancy.” Presented at American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology annual meeting 2018.

Patel, G., Pasha M.A. “Use of Omalizumab in Four-year-old with Severe Persistent Asthma.” Presented at American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology annual meeting 2018.