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Marsha Wills-Karp, PhD

Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Environmental Health Sciences

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7527
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

410 955-0617


PhD , University of California, Santa Barbara , 1986
MS , Southwest Texas State University , 1982

Honors and Awards

Rebecca Buckley Lectureship (2012)

Chair of NIH AITRC Study Section (2011 - present)

Permanent Member NIH AITRC Study Section (2009 - present)

Fellow of Pediatric Society (2009 - present)

Associate Editor, Mucosal Immunity, (2007 - present)

John Salvaggio Memorial Lectureship (2001)

Permanent Member, National Institutes of Health Study Section-Lung Biology and Pathology (2000 - 2004)

Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society (1980 - present)

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society (1979 - 1982)

Faculty of 1000

Asthma, Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonary Biology, Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Genetics of Asthma

    Listed are 5 out of 147 publications 

  • Wills-Karp, M., J. Luyimbazi, X. Xu, B. Schofield, T. Y. Neben, C. L. Karp, and D. D. Donaldson.  Interleukin-13: central mediator of allergic asthma.  Science. 282:2258-2261, 1998

  • Karp, C. L., A. Grupe, E. Schadt, S. L. Ewart, M. Keane-Moore, P. J. Cuomo, J. Kohl, L. Wahl, D. Kuperman, S. Germer, D. Aud, G. Peltz, and M. Wills-Karp.  Identification of complement factor 5 as a susceptibility locus for experimental allergic asthma.  Nat. Immunol. 1:221-226, 2000

  • Kohl, J, R Baelder, IP Lewkowich, MK Pandey, H Hawlisch, L Wang, J Best, NS Herman, AA Sproles, J Zwirner, JA Whitsett, C. Gerard, G. Sfyroera, JD Lambris, M Wills-Karp. A regulatory role for the C5a anaphylatoxin on type 2 immunity in asthma. J. Clin. Invest. 116(3):783-796, 2006.  PMID: 16511606

  • Lajoie S, Lewkowich IP, Suzuki Y, Clark JR, Sproles AA, Dienger K, Budelsky A, Wills-Karp, M. Complement-mediated regulation of the IL-17A axis is a central genetic determinant of the severity of experimental allergic asthma. Nat. Immunol. 11(10):928-35, 2010.  PMID: 20802484

  • Wills-Karp M, Rani R, Dienger K, Fox J, Perkins C, Finkelman FD, Smith DE, Curt-Jones EA, Wang T, Sivaprasad U, Hershey GK, Herbert DR. Trefoil factor 2 rapidly induces interleukin 33 to promote type 2 immunity during allergic asthma and hookworm infection. J. Exp. Med. 209(3):607-22, 2012. PMC:3302229