Matthew C. Altman, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Associate Scientist
Benaroya Research Institute
Interim Head, Allergy Section
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Genome transcriptional profiling and genome sequencing technologies are powerful approaches to identify novel biomarkers and mechanisms of immune mediated diseases. These technologies generate huge amounts of biological information and require sophisticated computational tools to understand molecular pathways of the immune system in health and disease. Dr. Altman’s translational research interests focus on the use of whole genome transcriptional profiling and multi-omics approaches, and leverage big-data computational biology to understand the molecular mechanisms underpinning severe asthma and other immunologic diseases. Furthermore, his work seeks to both develop and understand personalized approaches to the use of immune based therapeutics in these diseases. He collaborates with several large NIAID funded consortiums including the Inner City Asthma Consortium, the Immune Tolerance Network, and the Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers.


Education & Training: 
Harvard University
Boston, MA
MPhil, Biological Science
Cambridge University
United Kingdom
Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Resident in Internal Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors, Allergy and Immunology
Seattle Magazine Top Doctors, Allergy and Immunology
AAAAI Faculty Development Award
(206) 543-3781
Mailing Address: 

UW Medicine at South Lake Union
750 Republican St

Box 358061

Seattle, WA 98109-4725

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
My primary research interest is applying systems biology, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics approaches to the study of severe asthma including the pathogenesis of asthma development and asthma exacerbations. I also use these approaches for the study of primary immunodeficiency disease and other immunologic disorders.
Clinical Interests: 

My clinical interests are in asthma, primary immunodeficiency, and drug allergy.


Altman MC, Gill MA, Whalen E, Babineau DC, Shao B, Liu AH, Jepson B, Gruchalla RS, O'Connor GT, Pongracic JA, Kercsmar CM, Khurana Hershey GK, Zoratti EM, Johnson CC, Teach SJ, Kattan M, Bacharier LB, Beigelman A, Sigelman SM, Presnell S, Gern JE, Gergen PJ, Wheatley LM, Togias A, Busse WW, Jackson DJ. Transcriptome networks identify mechanisms of viral and nonviral asthma exacerbations in children. Nat Immunol. 2019 May; 20(5):637-651.
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Altman MC, Whalen E, Togias A, O’Connor GT, Bacharier LB, Bloomberg GR, Kattan M, Wood RA, Presnell S, Le Beau P, Jaffee K, Visness CM, Busse WW, Gern JE. Allergen induced activation of NK cell genes represents an early life immune response in development of allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Dec; 142(6):1856-1866.
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Altman MC, Reeves SR, Parker AR, Whalen E, Misura KMS, Comeau M, James RG, Hallstrand TS, Ziegler SF, Debley JS. Type I interferon response by RSV-infected pediatric asthmatic bronchial epithelial cells is inversely correlated with pulmonary function. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Aug; 142(2):451-459.
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Altman MC, Busse WW. A Deep Dive into Asthma Transcriptomics: Lessons from UBIOPRED. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2017 May 15; 195(10):1279-1280.
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Altman MC, Lenington J, Bronson S, Ayars AG. Combination Omalizumab and Mepolizumab Therapy for Refractory Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017 Jul-Aug; 5(4):1137-1139.
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Vodovotz Y, Xia A, Read E, Bassaganya-Riera J, Hafler DA, Sontag E, Wang J, Tsang JS, Day JD, Kleinstein S, Butte AJ, Altman MC, Hammond R, Benoist C, Sealfon SC. Solving Immunology? Trends Immunol. 2017 Feb; 38(2):116-127.
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Alsina L, Israelsson E, Altman MC, Dang KK, Ghandil P, Israel L, von Bernuth H, Baldwin N, Qin H, Jin Z, Banchereau R, Anguiano E, Ionan A, Abel L, Puel A, Picard C, Pascual V, Casanova JL, Chaussabel D. A narrow repertoire of transcriptional modules responsive to pyogenic bacteria is impaired in patients carrying loss-of-function mutations in MYD88 or IRAK4. Nat Immunol. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1134-42.
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Altman MC, Naimi DR. Omalizumab for chronic urticaria. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jun 27; 368(26):2528-30.
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Carroll J, Altman MC, Fearnley IM, Walker JE. Identification of membrane proteins by tandem mass spectrometry of protein ions. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007 Sep 4; 104(36):14330-5.
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