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
LSU School of Medicine (1995)
Arkansas Childrens Hospital (1998), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
Arkansas Childrens Hospital (1999), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2003), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

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
Counterregulation between the FcepsilonRI pathway and antiviral responses in human plasmacytoid dendritic cells.
Gill MA, Bajwa G, George TA, Dong CC, Dougherty II, Jiang N, Gan VN, Gruchalla RS J. Immunol. 2010 Jun 184 11 5999-6006
TLR recognition of self nucleic acids hampers glucocorticoid activity in lupus.
Guiducci C, Gong M, Xu Z, Gill M, Chaussabel D, Meeker T, Chan JH, Wright T, Punaro M, Bolland S, Soumelis V, Banchereau J, Coffman RL, Pascual V, Barrat FJ Nature 2010 Jun 465 7300 937-41
Motavizumab for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus infection in infants.
Gill MA, Welliver RC Expert Opin Biol Ther 2009 Oct 9 10 1335-45
Differential recruitment of dendritic cells and monocytes to respiratory mucosal sites in children with influenza virus or respiratory syncytial virus infection.
Gill MA, Long K, Kwon T, Muniz L, Mejias A, Connolly J, Roy L, Banchereau J, Ramilo O J. Infect. Dis. 2008 Dec 198 11 1667-76
Blockade of virus infection by human CD4+ T cells via a cytokine relay network.
Davis AM, Hagan KA, Matthews LA, Bajwa G, Gill MA, Gale M, Farrar JD J. Immunol. 2008 May 180 10 6923-32
Distinct RIG-I and MDA5 signaling by RNA viruses in innate immunity.
Loo YM, Fornek J, Crochet N, Bajwa G, Perwitasari O, Martinez-Sobrido L, Akira S, Gill MA, García-Sastre A, Katze MG, Gale M J. Virol. 2008 Jan 82 1 335-45
Mobilization of plasmacytoid and myeloid dendritic cells to mucosal sites in children with respiratory syncytial virus and other viral respiratory infections.
Gill MA, Palucka AK, Barton T, Ghaffar F, Jafri H, Banchereau J, Ramilo O J. Infect. Dis. 2005 Apr 191 7 1105-15
Increased blood myeloid dendritic cells and dendritic cell-poietins in Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
Rolland A, Guyon L, Gill M, Cai YH, Banchereau J, McClain K, Palucka AK J. Immunol. 2005 Mar 174 5 3067-71

Honors & Awards

  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2010) (2013) (2018)
  • 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
    President's Research Council, UT Southwestern (2004)
  • Research Grant Awards, $15K
    Children's Medical Center Foundation (2002-2003)
  • Pediatric Research Fellowship Award
    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
    Louisiana 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)