Press Releases

February, 2007

2007 Research Award Recipients

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Patrick E. Burnett, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
p120-Catenin Loss in Melanoma

Kristina P. Callis, M.D. - Year 2
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. - Year 2
University of Washington
Investigating Cell Polarity and Cell Motility in Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

Bryan K. Cho, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Lymphocyte Recruitment and Regulation in the Skin

David H. Chu, M.D., Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Characterization of Skin Stem Cells and Their Niches

Liang Deng, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
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. - Year 2
University of Pittsburgh
Human Beta Defensin 3: A Novel Molecular Adjuvant for Melanoma Immunotherapy

Luis A. Garza, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Heterogeneous Cell Populations within the Human Hair Follicle Stem Cell Compartment

Larisa J. Geskin, M.D. - Year 3
University of Pittsburgh
Development of Immunotherapy for Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Reza F. Ghohestani, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Jefferson Medical College
Role of the a5 and a6 Chains of Type IV Collagen, the Novel Basement Membrane Autoantigens, in Skin

Roger S. Lo, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Melanoma in the Skin: Initiation, Progression, and Crosstalk with Dermal Fibroblasts

Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Hospital Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Autoantibody Pathogenicity in Pemphigus

Brian P. Pollack, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Emory University School of Medicine
Characterization of Chromatin Modifications Induced by Ultraviolet Radiation

Mary M. Tomayko, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Yale University School of Medicine
Phenotypic and Functional Analysis of Memory B Cells

Robert W. Walters, M.D., Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Beta-arrestin Mediated Signaling in Metastatic Melanoma
 

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Nanette J. Liegeois, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
The Role of Methylation in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression

Chrysalyne D. Schmults, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Relative Effects of Immunosuppressive Regimens on Skin Cancer Formation in Organ Transplant Patients

Steven Q. Wang, M.D.
Cornell University
Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Lentigo Maligna Melanoma Assisted by Confocal Laser Microscopy

Siegrid Yu, M.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Identification of Clinical & Molecular Predictors of Outcome, Optimal Therapy
 

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Amy E. Gilliam, M.D. - Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Identification of Relevant Markers Predictive of Outcomes in Juvenile Localized Scleroderma

Christopher M. Hull, M.D. - Year 2
University of Utah
Investigating the Pathogenesis of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Heidi T. Jacobe, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Immunologic Profiles in Subsets of Morphea Patients

Ellen J. Kim, M.D. - Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) Agonists in Mycosis Fungoides/Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Julie V. Schaffer, M.D. - Year 2
NYU Medical Center
Clinical and Molecular Investigation of Genetic and Congenital Skin Diseases

Dawn H. Siegel, M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Genetic Analysis of PHACES

Lee T. Zane, M.D., M.A.S.
University of California, San Francisco
Dermatologic Features of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Clinical Approach
 

Women's Health Career Development Award

Anna Di Nardo, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Diego
Role of Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides in the Pathogenesis of Scleroderma: A New Insight Towards Therapy
 

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Prashiela Manga, Ph.D.
NYU Medical Center
Evaluating the Contribution of the OCA2 Protein to Variation in Normal Skin Pigmentation
 

Psoriasis Career Development Award

Wilson J. Liao, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Genetic Risk Factors for Psoriasis
 

Research Career Development Award

Neil F. Box, Ph.D. - Year 3
Baylor College of Medicine
A Mouse Model for Mole Formation and p53 Tumor Suppressor Function in Melanoblast Growth: Implications for Human Melanoma

Spiro Getsios, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Coordinated Ephrin/Eph-Receptor Signaling and Cadherin-mediated Adhesion in Human Keratinocytes

Colin C. Jamora, Ph.D. - Year 2
University of California, San Diego
Regulation of Hair Follicle Invasion into the Dermal Compartment of the Skin

Qiujie Jiang, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Thomas Jefferson University
Mouse Model for PXE: Mechanisms of Connective Tissue Mineralization

Minjung Kim, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Role of NEDD99 in Melanoma Maintenance and Progression

Shi-Long Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
TGFbeta and AKT Interplay in Skin Cancer

Srikala Raghavan, Ph.D. - Year 3
Columbia University
Role of Beta1- Containing Integrins in Cutaneous Basement Membrane Organization

Xiao-qi Wang, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Northwestern University
Ganglioside Regulation of uPAR Signaling Affects Squamous Carcinoma Cell Function

Nicole L. Ward, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Neurovascular Interactions in Skin

David J. Wong, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 2
Stanford University School of Medicine
Role of CSN5 in Epidermal Homeostasis

Hong Wu, M.D., Ph.D. - Year 3
Temple University
Novel Biomarkers in Melanoma: Cortactin in Melanocytic Tumor Progession and Melanoma Cell Biology

Kanyan Xiao, M.D. - Year 2
Emory University School of Medicine
Role of p120-Catenin in Angiogenesis and Vascular Development
 

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Sarah T. Arron, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Identification of Viruses in Keratoacanthoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Isaac Brownell, M.D., Ph.D.
NYU Medical Center
Biology and Molecular Regulation of Skin Stem Cells

Elaine S. Gilmore, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Electrophysiologic Characterization of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels in Keratinocytes

Paul A. Klekotka, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University Medical Center
The Role of NK Cells in Contact Hypersensitivity

Roger C. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Investigating the Role of Premalin A Accumulation in HIV Protease Inhibitor Associated Lipodystrophy

Kurt Lu, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Role of UV-induced Interleukin-6 in Promoting Melanoma Growth

Thomas T. Su, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Engineering Immunity for Melanoma Therapy

Stephen Yoo, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
A Novel Role for LXR in the Skin
 

Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology

Vivian A. Lombillo, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
Identification and Molecular Characterization of p63 Target Genes
 

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Reza F. Ghohestani, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Role of the a5 and a6 Chains of Type IV Collagen in Skin Biology and Pathology

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

Mario E. Lacouture, M.D.
Northwestern University
Identification of Phenotypes and Genotypes at Risk for Dermatological Toxicities to EGFR Inhibitors

Wilson J. Liao, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Gene Expression Profiling to Predict Etanercept Response in Psoriasis

Alexander Meves, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
The Renin-Angiotensin-System in Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris

Ally-Khan Somani, M.D., Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
The Role of IFN-beta Signaling in Dermatomyositis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
 

Research Grant

Neehar Bhatia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Beta T-rCP Ubiquitin Ligase in Photocarcinogenesis

Mayumi Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
Role of Interleukin-1 beta in Malignant Melanoma

Luis A. Garza, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Heterogeneous Cell Populations Within the Human Hair Follicle Stem Cell Compartment

Spiro Getsios, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Coordinated Ephrin/Eph-receptor Signaling and Cadherin-mediated Adhesion in Human Keratinocytes

Ana Luisa Kadekaro, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Post-translational Modification of p53 Differentially Affects the UV Response of Human Melanocytes

Pratima Karnik, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Scarring Alopecia Phenotypes in PPARgamma Knockout Mice

Maria L. Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Regulation of Keratinocyte Lamellar Bodies

Kellie J. White, Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
Molecular Mechanisms of Irritant Dermatitis

Yiru Xu, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Involvement of Receptor-type Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase-Kappa in Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Jennifer Y. Zhang, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Molecular Mechanisms in CYLD-driven Epidermal Neoplasia
 

Dermatopathology Research Grant

Soheil Dadras, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Multi-gene Approach to Improve the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Cutaneous Melanoma
 

Program Development Grant

Mark A. Bechtel, M.D.
Ohio State University Medical Center
Dermatology Research Program Development at Ohio State University

Christopher R. Shea, M.D.
University of Chicago
Model Systems in Dermatology Research
 

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