The Ruffner Lab focuses on the mechanisms of non-IgE mediated food allergies including eosinophilic esophagitis and food-protein induced enterocolitis syndrome. Their research studies involve a combination of in vitro mucosal models as well as detailed immunophenotyping of patients with food allergies.
Ongoing work in the Ruffner Lab is focused on:
- Epigenetic regulation of epithelial barrier function in eosinophilic esophagitis
- Innate sensing and immunologic signaling in esophageal epithelial cells
- Peripheral blood immune responses in patients with non-IgE mediated food allergies
- The role of novel genes and pathways in the development of non-IgE mediated food allergy
- Factors that affect the development of tolerance in non-IgE mediated food allergy.