Dr. Michelle Gill received her M.D. and Ph.D. in Cellular Biology & Anatomy from the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Sciences in Little Rock, AR and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gill completed her Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and thereafter joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Gill’s current research interests center around two of the most common etiologies of respiratory disease in children: allergic asthma and viral respiratory infections. The role of dendritic cells and monocytes in these clinically relevant disease processes is poorly understood. Investigations in Dr. Gill’s laboratory are designed to define mechanisms underlying the potential contribution of these immune cells to the pathogenesis of respiratory diseases in children.

Dr. Gill serves on many institutional and national committees including the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration and a Council Member representing Infectious Diseases for the Society of Pediatric Research. Dr. Gill is the President-elect (2017) for the Society of Pediatric Research.


Medical School
Louisiana State University, Shreveport (1995)
Arkansas Childrens Hospital (1998), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
Arkansas Childrens Hospital (1999), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2003), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • General Infectious Diseases
  • Immune Deficiencies
  • Respiratory Infectious Diseases
  • Research Interest

    • Dendritic cell biology
    • Rhinovirus and immune sensitization
    • Virus-induced asthma exacerbations


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    DNA methylation and childhood asthma in the inner city.
    Yang IV, Pedersen BS, Liu A, O'Connor GT, Teach SJ, Kattan M, Misiak RT, Gruchalla R, Steinbach SF, Szefler SJ, Gill MA, Calatroni A, David G, Hennessy CE, Davidson EJ, Zhang W, Gergen P, Togias A, Busse WW, Schwartz DA J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2015 Mar
    Asthma: the interplay between viral infections and allergic diseases.
    Rowe RK, Gill MA Immunol Allergy Clin North Am 2015 Feb 35 1 115-27
    Modified peanut oral immunotherapy protocol safely and effectively induces desensitization.
    Bird JA, Feldman M, Arneson A, Dougherty I, Brown LS, Burk CM, Kulis M, Burks W, Gill M J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2015 Jan
    Association of skin necrosis with subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy.
    Datta R, Kuruvilla M, Gill M, de la Morena MT Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014 Aug 113 2 232-3
    IFN-a Suppresses GATA3 Transcription from a Distal Exon and Promotes H3K27 Trimethylation of the CNS-1 Enhancer in Human Th2 Cells.
    Huber JP, Gonzales-van Horn SR, Roybal KT, Gill MA, Farrar JD J. Immunol. 2014 May
    Reassessment of omalizumab-dosing strategies and pharmacodynamics in inner-city children and adolescents.
    Sorkness CA, Wildfire JJ, Calatroni A, Mitchell HE, Busse WW, O'Connor GT, Pongracic JA, Ross K, Gill MA, Kattan M, Morgan WJ, Teach SJ, Gergen PJ, Liu AH, Szefler SJ J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2013 Mar 1 2 163-71
    IgE cross-linking critically impairs human monocyte function by blocking phagocytosis.
    Pyle DM, Yang VS, Gruchalla RS, Farrar JD, Gill MA J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2013 Feb 131 2 491-500.e5
    Innate immune responses to rhinovirus are reduced by the high-affinity IgE receptor in allergic asthmatic children.
    Durrani SR, Montville DJ, Pratt AS, Sahu S, DeVries MK, Rajamanickam V, Gangnon RE, Gill MA, Gern JE, Lemanske RF, Jackson DJ J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2012 Aug 130 2 489-95
    The role of dendritic cells in asthma.
    Gill MA J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2012 Apr 129 4 889-901
    Cutting edge: Type I IFN reverses human Th2 commitment and stability by suppressing GATA3.
    Huber JP, Ramos HJ, Gill MA, Farrar JD J. Immunol. 2010 Jul 185 2 813-7

    Honors & Awards

    • Research Mentor Award (Pediatric Residency Program)
      Children's Medical Center (2013)
    • Outstanding Teacher Award from Medical Student Class of 2010
      UT Southwestern (2007-2008)
    • Distinguished Young Researcher Award
      Presdent's Research Council, UT Southwestern (2004)
    • Research Grant Awards, $15K
      Children's Medical Center Foundation (2002-2003)
    • Pediatric Research Fellowship Award, $90k (peer-reviewed competitive award for fellowship funding)
      Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2000-2002)
    • Debra H. Fiser Award for Excellence in Critical Care
      University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (1998)
    • Donald E. Hill Memorial Award for Excellence in Research
      University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (1998)
    • Doctor-Patient Relationship Award
      Shreveport Medical Society (1995)
    • Academic Scholarship, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honor Society
      Lousiana State University, Shreveport (1985-1988)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Vice President, Society for Pediatric Research (2015)
    • American Association of Immunologists (2009)
    • NIH Inner City Asthma Consortium (2009)
    • Society for Pediatric Research (2006)
    • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (1999)
    • Alpha Omega Alpha (1998)