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Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation Rising Star Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner - Tomeka Suber, MD, PhD



 Dr. Suber graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and completed the combined MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She remained at Johns Hopkins and graduated from the Osler Medical Residency Training Program in 2013. She then completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. During her postdoctoral training, she studied how proteasomal degradation of key proteins such as glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta (GSK3b) mediated lung epithelial cell repair and inflammatory responses in acute lung injury or ALI. She is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh where she is studying metabolic regulation of pulmonary host defense in models of bacterial pneumonia and ALI. She is also leading translational studies in metabolomics in acute respiratory distress syndrome. She is currently in her first year of her K08 and is a Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar.



This award recognizes early junior faculty (see below) with a trajectory of achievements in a scientific area of the AII Assembly who demonstrates exemplary promise for a future of achievement. The awardee of the Rising Star Achievement Award will present their work at the Science and Innovation Center during the ATS International Conference. Certificates will also be awarded during the session.There is no monetary award for this recognition.


  • The awardee must be a Primary or Secondary AII member.
  • The awardee must be an Instructor level or Assistant Professor level (or equivalent) at the time of nomination.
  • Limited to nominees that are ≤ 5 years from terminal doctoral degree (PhDs) or completion of medical fellowship training (MDs or MD/PhDs).  Individual waivers of time rule will require a written statement as to the reason for waiver and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for the same award.


  • Nominations will come from AII Primary or Secondary Assembly members
  • Submit a completed nomination form summarizing what the nominee has contributed to impact their field thus far and why you believe they demonstrate clear promise for ongoing productivity/achievement at the early stage of their career, research and other academic pursuits.
  • Upload the nominee’s NIH Biosketch or equivalent research CV, limit 5 pages – please make sure that this reflects all of the activities noted on the nomination form.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - William Bain, MD and Rod Rahimi, PhD, MD

2020 - Mark Snyder, MD

2019 - Michelle L. Manni, PhD

2019 - Keven M. Robinson, MD

2018 - Rachel G. Scheraga, MD

2018 - Jeffrey A. Haspel, MD, PhD

2017 - Yvonne J. Huang, MD

2017 - Josalyn L. Cho, MD

2016 - Jennifer Alexander-Brett, MD, PhD

2015 - Amir A. Zeki, MD