Press Releases

March, 2012

2012 Research Award Recipients

Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Shasa Hu, M.D. Year 3
University of Miami
Disparities in the Incidence of Late Stage Melanoma: The Impact of Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty

Eleni Linos, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Care in Elderly Patients with Limited Life Expectancy

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Christopher K. Bichakjian, M.D. Year 3
University of Michigan
Merkel Cell Carcinoma Pathogenesis: Clues from Keratins?

Ally-Khan B. Somani, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Protective Effects of Dermal Rejuvenation on Photocarcinogenesis

Fiona O. Zwald, M.D. Year 2
Emory University
Analysis of Risk and Mechanism of Voriconazole Associated Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Lung Transplant Patients

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Niroshana Anandasabapathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Cutaneous Vaccination: The Use of Flt3L to Potentiate Cross-Presenting DC in Humans and Improve Protein Vaccination

Jaehyuk Choi, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Yale University
Transposon Insertional Mutagenesis Screen for Genes that Confer Resistance to BRAF Inhibitors

Sarina B. Elmariah, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
The Role of Proteases and Neurogenic Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis

Emma Guttman, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Mount Sinai Medical Center
A Study Evaluating the Immunomodulatory Effects of Narrow Band Ultraviolet (NB-UVB) in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis

Ali Jabbari, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
Biomarker Development in Discoid Lupus

Thomas H. Leung, M.D.
Stanford University
Understanding Tissue Regeneration in Mouse and Human Epithelial Cells

Laura Y. McGirt, M.D. Year 2
Vanderbilt University
MicroRNA Expression: Identifying Markers of Diagnosis and Progression in Mycosis Fungoides

Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Mechanisms of Peripheral T-Cell Tolerance to Epidermal Self-Antigen

Matthew J. Turner, M.D.
Indiana University
Inductive Keratinocyte-Derived Cytokines in a Murine Model of Atopic Dermatitis

Richard C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School
The Inhibition of Autophagy by Akt and Keratins Promotes Cell Proliferation

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Claire A. Higgins, Ph.D. Year 3
Columbia University
Molecular Mechanisms of Hair Follicle Induction

Yong Li, Ph.D. Year 2
University of Michigan
Improving Appearance of Aged Skin by Limiting Intracellular Collagen Degradation

Frank Wang, M.D.
University of Michigan
Reversal of Aged Skin Appearance by Enhancing Structural Support with Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid

Mingang Xu, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
The Roles of Wnt10a and Pkp1 in Skin and Hair Follicle Development and Renewal

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Adela Rambi G. Cardones, M.D.
Duke University
Quantitative Assessment of Disease Severity in Chronic Cutaneous Graft-vs-Host Disease

Kelly M. Cordoro, M.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Pediatric Psoriasis: Clinical, Genetic and Metabolic Characteristics and Comorbidities

Jonathan A. Cotliar, M.D. Year 2
Northwestern University
Improving the Diagnosis of Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Meg R. Gerstenblith, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Identifying Clinically Relevant Subtypes of Melanoma Using Genomic Profiling

Anna K. Haemel, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
A Comprehensive Approach to Study Systemic Sclerosis at the Molecular and Cellular Level

Daniela Kroshinsky, M.D. Year 3
Harvard University
The Use of Inpatient Dermatology Consultations to Reduce Antibiotic Use for "Pseudo-Cellulitis"

Robert A. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of California, San Diego
The Role of Innate Immunity in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Misha A. Rosenbach, M.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Cutaneous Sarcoidosis: Developing Clinical Assessment Tools and Exploring Disease Associations

Kanade Shinkai, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Cutaneous Manifestations of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Ruth Ann Vleugels, M.D.
Harvard University
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: Developing a Novel Assessment Tool and Investigating Disease Associations

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Basil A. Horst, M.D.
Columbia University
Analysis of Inositol Polyphosphate 4-Phosphatase Type II in Melanocytic Lesions

Women's Health Career Development Award

Xuming Mao, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
The Role of p38 Signaling in Skin Diseases

Bethanee J. Schlosser, M.D., Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Clinical and Molecular Characterization of Lichen Sclerosus as a Model of Vulvar Epithelial Fibrosis

Research Career Development Award

Jeffrey B. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Role of DNA Methylation in Skin Cells and Melanoma

Annemieke de Jong, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Functional and Phenotypic Analysis of Pathogenic T Cells in Alopecia Areata

Adam J. Friedman, M.D. Year 2
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nitric Oxide Nanoparticles as a Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial Agent for Soft Tissue Infections

Lisa M. Godsel, Ph.D. Year 3
Northwestern University
Plakophilins Organize Structural and Signaling Cues Regulating Tissue Development and Homeostasis

Valentina Greco, Ph.D.
Yale University
Live Imaging of Hair Follicle Stem Cells During Normal Regeneration and Cancer

Botond Z. Igyarto, Ph.D. Year 2
University of Minnesota
Langerhans Cell Control of T-Helper Phenotype Development

Jodi L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Role of Cell Anchoring Desmosomal Proteins in the Epidermal Responses to UV Exposure

Qiaoli Li, Ph.D. Year 3
Thomas Jefferson University
Pathomechanisms and Treatment of PXE

Nityanand D. Maddodi, Ph.D. Year 2
University of Wisconsin
Role of Oncogenic BRAF Signaling in Melanocytes and Melanoma

Yvonne M. Saenger, M.D. Year 3
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Immunity to Melanoma Mediated by Anti-TRP1 Antibody + Cyclophosphamide

Tobias F. I. Schatton, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Harvard University
Immunology of Dermal Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Enrique C. Torchia, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
Molecular Mechanisms of Aurora Kinase A Mediated Carcinogenesis

Monique E. Verhaegen, Ph.D. Year 3
University of Michigan
Molecular Basis of Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Lei Zhang, Ph.D. Year 3
University of Colorado, Denver
Developing New Therapeutic Approaches to Cure Harlequin Ichthyosis in an ABCA12 Mutant Mouse Model

Yuhang Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
The Contribution of Wnt in Epithelial-Mesenchymal Interactions for Hair Follicle Organogenesis

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Christopher G. Bunick, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Determining the Structure and Function of Human Keratins at Atomic Resolution

Donna A. Culton, M.D., Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The Role of Circulating Plasmablasts in Pemphigus: Lessons from Rituximab

Kristin E. Hoffmann, M.D.
Yale University
Identifying Prognostic Markers in Melanoma Using Tissue Microarrays and Quantitative Analysis

Phillip D. Holler, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Evaluation of FGF Members in Hair Follicle Neogenesis

Victor Huang, M.D.
Harvard University
Characterizing Human T Cell Immunity to the Merkel Cell Polyomavirus in Merkel Cell Carcinomas

Rajan P. Kulkarni, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Determination of Biophysical Properties and MicroRNA Signatures of Melanoma Stem Cells

Kathryn E. O'Reilly, M.D., Ph.D.
New York University
Targeting Embryonic Signaling Pathways in Melanoma

Stephen M. Ostrowski, M.D., Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Mechanisms Underlying the Development and Function of Merkel Cells

Francisco Ramirez-Valle, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Characterization of IL-17 Precommitted Dermal y-Delta T Cells

Tiffany C. Scharschmidt, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Commensal Skin Bacteria - Our First Line of Defense

Philip O. Scumpia, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Interaction of Adrenergic Stress Signaling and Interleukin-12 Production in Psoriasis Pathogenesis

Joseph J. Stuckert, II, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Hyper-Inflammatory Macrophage Cytotoxicity of Melanoma

Bryan K. Sun, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Role of Long Noncoding RNAs in Epidermal Homeostasis

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Kristen E. Holland, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Circulating Progenitor Cells in Infants with Infantile Hemangiomas

Christina N. Kim, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in Acne Patients

Joyce M.C. Teng, M.D.
University of Wisconsin
Assessment of Stability, Toxicity, and Biological Activity of Topical Rapamycin

Dermatopathology Research Grant

Kord S. Honda, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Pro-Prion Protein Staining in Melanoma

Jinah Kim, M.D.
Stanford University
Examination of the Role of Primary Cilia in Spitz Nevi and Spitzoid Melanoma

Research Grant

Raymond J. Cho, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Scanning the Skin Cancer Genome for Mutational Hotspots

Anna De Benedetto, M.D.
University of Rochester
Tight Junction Defects in Atopic Dermatitis: Crossroads Between Barrier & Immune Response

Jana Jandova, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Evaluating the Role of Mitochondrial ROS in SCC Cell Proliferation and Migration Using Cybrid Model

Hans R. Widlund, Ph.D.
Harvard University
A Systems Approach to Identify Mechanisms of Resistance to BRAF(V600E)-Targeted Therapy

Jonathan H. Zippin, M.D., Ph.D.
Cornell University
The Role of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase in IL-22-Dependent Signaling in Keratinocytes

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