Franziska J. Rosser, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Rosser is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics within the Division of Pulmonology. She received her BS (Biology) and BA (Anthropology) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003, her MD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2009, and her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 2015. She completed her pediatric residency from Greenville Hospital System/University of South Carolina Greenville in 2012, and her pediatric pulmonology fellowship from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2015.

As a pediatric pulmonologist she specializes in caring for children with respiratory disorders. Her research focuses on the epidemiological effects of outdoor air pollution on children with asthma. Dr. Rosser’s long-term goals are to develop innovative methods to identify children with asthma most at risk to the deleterious effects of air pollution. Additionally, while awaiting policy changes to improve air quality for all, she seeks to determine if individual interventions can improve asthma control and symptoms.

She is a Clinical and Translational Science KL2 Scholar within the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) and received American Thoracic Society Funding in 2020 to conduct a pilot clinical trial to evaluate adding the Air Quality Index to routine childhood asthma care.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2000 
  • Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society, 2002 
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, 2002 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Fellow, 2009-2018 
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2012-Present
  • Delta Omega National Honor Society in Public Health, Omicron Chapter, 2015 
  • Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership, 2018-2019  

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2003
  • MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, 2009
  • MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, 2015
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Greenville Hospital System, 2009-2012
  • Fellowship in Pediatrics Pulmonology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2012-2015

Selected Publications

Stevens EL, Rosser F, Han YY, Forno E, Acosta-Perez E, Canino G, Celedón JC. Traffic-related air pollution, dust mite allergen, and childhood asthma in Puerto Ricans. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Mar 20. [E pub ahead of print] PMID:32197046 

Forno E, Zhang R, Jiang Y, Kim S, Yan Q, Ren Z, Han YY, Boutaoui N, Rosser F, Weeks DE, Acosta-Peréz E, Colón-Semidey A, Alvarez M, Canino G, Chen W, Celedón JC. Transcriptome-wide and differential expression network analyses of childhood asthma in nasal epithelium. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020. Feb 20 [E pub ahead of print]. PMID: 32088307 

Han YY, Forno E, Rosser F, Celedón JC. Serum folate metabolites, asthma, and lung function in a nationwide U.S. study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32018028 

Han YY, Rosser F, Forno E, Celedon JC. Electronic vapor products, marijuana use, smoking and asthma in U.S. adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Mar; 145(3):1025-1028. PMID:31830488 

Rosser F, Forno E, Han YY, Kurland K, Mair C, Acosta-Perez E, Canino G, Celedón J. Annual sulfur dioxide exposure, asthma, and lung function in Puerto Rican children. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Feb; 55(2):330-337. PMID:31805225  

Yang G, Han YY, Sun T, Li L, Rosser F, Forno E, Patel SR, Chen W, Celedón JC. Sleep Duration, Current Asthma, and Lung Function in a Nationwide Study of U.S. Adults. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Oct 1;200(7):926-929. PMID:31225970.  

Yang G, Sun T, Han YY, Rosser F, Forno E, Chen W, Celedón JC. Serum Cadmium and Lead, Current Wheeze, and Lung Function in a Nationwide Study of Adults in the United States. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 Nov-Dec;7(8):2653-2660.e3. PMID:31146018 

Forno E, Wang T, Qi C, Yan Q, Xu CJ, Boutaoui N, Han YY, Weeks DE, Jiang Y, Rosser F, Vonk J, Brouwer S, Acosta-Perez E, Colón-Semidey A, Alvarez M, Canino M, Koppelman GH, Chen W, Celedón JC. DNA methylation in nasal epithelium, atopy, and atopic asthma in children: a genome-wide study. Lancet Respir Med 2018. Dec 21. PMID:  30584054

Rosser F, Han YY, Forno E and Celedón JC. Urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and allergic sensitization in a nationwide study of children and adults in the U.S.  J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Nov;142 (5):1641-1643. PMID: 30036599.  

Han YY, Rosser F, Forno E, Celedón JC. Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, vitamin D, and lung function in children with asthma. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2018 Oct; 53(10):1362-1368. PMID: 29943897 

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Academic and Research Interests

STUDY19120083, Air Quality Index and Childhood Asthma: an intervention, (PI, 10% effort), 2020-2021, American Thoracic Society Foundation (ATSF), $40,000

KL2 TR001856, The University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute -- Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program, (PI, 75% effort), 2019-2021, NIH/NCATS, $25,000/yr