Press Releases

March, 2006

2006 Research Award Recipients

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Patrick E. Burnett, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
p120-Catenin Loss in Melanoma

Kristina P. Callis, M.D.
University of Utah
The Relationship of Phenotypes of Psoriasis to Genomic Susceptibility Regions in a Large Utah Cohort

Andrew J. Chien, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington
Investigating Cell Polarity and Cell Motility in Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

Liang Deng, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Cornell University
Study of the Interaction of Poxvirus with the Skin Immune System and Anti-Poxvirus Drug Development

Laura Korb Ferris, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Human Beta Defensin 3: A Novel Adjuvant for the Immunotherapy of Melanoma

Mayumi Fujita, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
University of Colorado
Novel Immunotherapy of Malignant Melanoma with Melanosomal Antigens

Larisa J. Geskin, M.D. - Year 2
University of Pittsburgh
Development of Immunotherapy for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Reza F. Ghohestani, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Role of the a5 and a6 Chains of Type IV Collagen, the Novel Basement Membrane Autoantigens, in Skin

Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Autoantibody Pathogenicity in Pemphigus

Brian P. Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.
Emory University
Characterization of Chromatin Modifications Induced by Ultraviolet Radiation

Eric L. Simpson, M.D. - Year 3
Oregon Health & Science University
Skin Barrier Protection and the Prevention of Atopic Dermatitis

Mary M. Tomayko, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Yale University
Phenotypic and Functional Analysis of Memory B Cells

Janet M. Trowbridge, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Diego
Cutaneous Tumor Defense by Antimicrobial Proteins
 

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Leslie J. Christenson, M.D. - Year 2
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Melanoma in Transplant Patients

Jennifer Z. Cooper, M.D. - Year 2
University of Maryland
HPV Sun Exposure and Histologic Criteria as Predictors of Squamous Cell Ca Risk in Organ Transplant

Hayes B. Gladstone, M.D. - Year 3
Stanford University
Enabling Remote Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Over the Internet: Creating and Validating Touch Technology for Tele-dermatology

Darius J. Karimipour, M.D. - Year 3
University of Michigan
Microdermabrasion Stimulates Collagen Remodeling

Nanette J. Liegeois, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
The Role of Methylation in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression

Siegrid S. Yu, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Identification of Clinical and Molecular Predictors of Outcomes, Optimal Therapy
 

Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D. - Year 3
Harvard University
Epidemiology of Skin Cancer: A Population-Based Approach
 

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

David F. Fiorentino, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Stanford University
Defining and Evaluating Targets for Treatment of Skin Disease in Systemic Sclerosis

Amy E. Gilliam, M.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Identification of Relevant Markers Predictive of Outcomes in Juvenile Localized Scleroderma

Christopher M. Hull, M.D.
University of Utah
Investigating the Pathogenesis of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Ellen J. Kim, M.D. - Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Toll-like Receptor Agonists in Mycosis Fungoides/Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Julie V. Schaffer, M.D.
New York University
Clinical and Molecular Investigation of Genetic and Congenital Skin Disorders
 

Women's Health Career Development Award

Anna Di Nardo, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Role of Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides in the Pathogenesis of Scleroderma: A New Insight Toward Therapy
 

Psoriasis Career Development Award

Guanqun Li, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Oregon Health & Science University
Role of TGFbeta1 in Psoriasis-Like Skin Inflammation
 

Research Career Development Award

Neil F. Box, Ph.D. - Year 2
Baylor College of Medicine
A Mouse Model for Mole Formation and p53 Tumor Suppressor Function in Melanoblast Growth: Implications for Human Melanoma

Baskaran Govindarajan, Ph.D. - Year 3
Emory University
Skin Manifestations of Tuberous Sclerosis

Colin C. Jamora, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Regulation of Hair Follicle Invasion into the Dermal Compartment of the Skin

Qiujie Jiang, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Mouse Model for PXE: Mechanisms of Connective Tissue Mineralization

Luzheng Liu, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Harvard University
Development of T Lymphocyte Skin-Specific Homing Following Cutaneous Immunization

Norikatsu Mizumoto, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
University of Texas, Dallas
Designer Cocktail Adjuvants for Cancer Treatment

Mikhail A. Nikiforov, Ph.D. - Year 2
University of Michigan
The Role of the Oncogene Myc in Melanoma Progression

David M. Owens, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Epidermal Stem Cells as Targets for Cutaneous Neoplasia

Srikala Raghavan, Ph.D. - Year 2
Columbia University
Role of Beta1-Containing Integrins in Cutaneous Basement Membrane Organization

Xiao-qi Wang, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Northwestern University
Ganglioside Regulation of uPAR Signaling Affects Squamous Carcinoma Cell Function

David J. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Role of CSN5 in Epidermal Homeostasis

Hong Wu, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Temple University
Novel Biomarkers in Melanoma: Cortactin in Meanocytic Tumor Progression and Melanoma Cell Biology

Kanyan Xiao, M.D.
Emory University
Role of p120-Catenin in Angiogenesis and Vascular Development
 

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Narin Apisarnthanarax, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Response of T-regulatory Cells to Anti-Neoplastic Treatment of CTCL

Luis A. Garza, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Isolation and Characterization of Human Skin Stem Cells

Eric Y. Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
New York University
Tumor-induced Lytic Dysfunction of Cytotoxic T Cells in a Mouse Melanoma Model

Roger S. Lo, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Creating Human Melanoma by Defined Gene Transfers and Identifying Novel Tumor Suppressor Pathways

Vivian A. Lombillo, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington
A Genomic and Proteomic Characterization of TFB5, a Novel DNA Repair Protein

Timothy J. Patton, D.O.
University of Pittsburgh
Tumor Specific Immunity in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Lisan S. Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Function and Immunogenicity of Bcl-2-transduced Endothelial Cells in a Vascularized Skin Equivalent

Gisela Torres, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
In Vivo Characterization of UV-Macrophages
 

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Christopher K. Bichakjian, M.D.
University of Michigan
Internet Use: Patterns and Effects

Sheila S. Galbraith, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Natural History of Urticaria Pigmentosa in Children

Dawn H. Siegel, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Genetic Analysis of PHACE Association

Sandy S. Tsao, M.D.
Harvard University
Photochemical Tissue Bonding for Excisional Would Healing
 

Research Grant

Elma D. Baron, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Characterization of Cell-killing After Phodynamic Therapy of MF Using Silicon Phthalocyanine

Kevin W. Bruhn, Ph.D.
Harbor-UCLA
Mechanisms of Action of Imiquimod During Immunotherapy of Melanoma

Tatiana Efimova, Ph.D.
Washington University Medical Center
Role of p38delta MAPK in Epidermal Homeostatsis and Skin Carcinogenesis

Erin G. Harper, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Viral and Human Genetic Determinants of HIV Infection

Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Autoantibody Pathogenicity in Pemphigus

Fatima Rouan, Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Skin Wound Healing: Application to Epidermolysis Bullosa

Kanyan Xiao, M.D.
Emory University
Role of p120-Catenin in Angiogenesis and Vascular Development

Chunlei Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Translational Study of HDAC Inhibitor SAHA in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas
 

Program Development Grant

Daniel J. Hurwitz, M.D.
University of Kansas
New Research Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center

Michael S. Kolodney, M.D., Ph.D.
Harbor-UCLA
Blood Flow in Cutaneous Malignancy

Richard D. Sontheimer, M.D.
University of Oklahoma
Gene Expression Profile of Lupus Photosensitivity
 

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