Meet the Team

M. Cecilia Berin, PhD, Director

Dr. Berin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a member of the Immunology Institute,  the Mindich Child Health Institute, and the Tisch Cancer Institute. Dr. Berin received her doctorate in Medical Sciences from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and her postdoctoral training in mucosal immunology at the University of California, San Diego. She has been a member of the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2001.

Dr. Berin leads a team of investigators who are studying the immune basis of tolerance and allergy to foods. Her laboratory uses mouse models to answer questions about the regulation of tolerance and Th2 immunity in the skin and gastrointestinal tract. In collaboration with her clinical colleagues at the Jaffe Food Allergy Insitute,  as well as at the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) and the Human Immune Monitoring Center, her lab is studying the immune basis of food allergy, as well as tolerance induced by experimental forms of immunotherapy.

Charuta Agashe, MSc, Senior Associate Researcher
Charuta Agashe received her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Pune and her MS in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology from Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA). Her research focus is on profiling of allergen-specific immune responses through multi-parameter flow cytometry and transcriptional analysis. She is also involved in the development of new approaches to immune profiling of immune cells from pediatric patients.

Stephanie Albin, MD, Allergy and Immunology Fellow
Dr. Albin is a clinical fellow in the Mount Sinai Division of Allergy and Immunology. She received a BA in English Literature at Tufts University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and she obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago. Following medical school, Dr. Albin completed a residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Albin's research interests include the risk factors for and mechanisms of food allergy, as well as scholarship in medical education and teaching.

Doerthe Andreae, MD, Allergy and Immunology Fellow
Dr. Andreae is a clinical fellow in the Mount Sinai Division of Allergy and Immunology. She attended Medical School in Berlin, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland. She received an MD/ PhD from the Charite, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Subsequently, she worked in research at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai before completing a pediatric residency at the St. Josef’s Hospital in Freiburg, Germany and Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst, New York. Her research interests are in epidemiologic risk factors for the development of food allergy, the use of peptide and protein microarray in food allergy research and meta analyses.

Ana Belen Blazquez, PhD, Instructor
Dr. Blazquez completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Complutense in Madrid, Spain. In 2005, after completing one year of postdoctoral studies in Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Blazquez joined the Berin Laboratory. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she focused on mucosal immune mechanisms of food allergy. In 2010, she was awarded a Reintegration Grant (Marie Curie FP7) to return to Spain. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Blazquez’s research focused on the development of dendrimeric nanostructures for allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of food allergy. In 2013, she returned to Mount Sinai to develop a research program focused on the role of the gut microbiota in tolerance and allergy to foods.

David Chiang, Graduate Student, MSTP program 
Mr. Chiang received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and is in the Berin Laboratory as an MD/PhD student. His work uses blood samples from patients with food allergy to investigate the role that effector T and regulatory T lymphocytes play in mediating allergy and tolerance to peanuts.

Ritobrata Goswami, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Goswami received his PhD from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, in the department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2012. Dr. Goswami has expertise in molecular immunology, and his work focuses on transcription factors in the development of Th9 cells. He joined the Berin Laboratory in November 2012. His research areas of interest are in defining the functional link between innate immune responses to allergens and allergic sensitization, and understanding the mechanisms of non-IgE-mediated food allergy.

James Gregory, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Gregory received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Microbiology, and pursued postdoctoral training in Algae Biotechnology in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Mayfield, also at UCSD. He is developing a novel, inexpensive platform for producing protein therapeutics and vaccines using the eukaryotic green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. At the Berin Laboratory, he is exploring potential oral delivery strategies by investigating the immunological response to orally delivered adjuvant antigen fusion proteins using this platform. It is hoped that the knowledge gained in these studies can be leveraged to develop efficacious therapies for food allergies.

Leticia Tordesillas, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Tordesillas received her PhD from the Technical University of Madrid in biochemistry and molecular biology. Her thesis work focused on the characterization of B and T cell epitopes in food allergens, as well as the development of hypoallergenic mutant proteins for therapeutic purposes. She joined the Berin Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2013. Currently, her work focuses on the study of mechanisms of epicutaneous tolerance and its therapeutic potential in food allergy, as well as the characterization of the innate response to food allergens and its link with the development of food allergies.

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M. Cecilia Berin, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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