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March, 2014

2014 Research Award Recipients

Charles & Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Autoimmune
        &/or Connective Tissue Diseases

John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Skin-Resident Memory T Cells in Vitiligo

Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Anokhi Jambusaria-Pahlajani, M.D.
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine Program
Validation of SCC Staging Systems And Development of a Prediction Tool to Estimate Recurrence Risk
Joslyn S. Kirby, M.D. – Year 2
Pennsylvania State University
Pharmacoeconomic Analysis of Current and Alternative Reimbursement Models for Actinic Keratoses
Eleni Linos, M.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Care in Elderly Patients with Limited Life Expectancy
Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
The Risk of Serious Infection in Patients with Psoriasis

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Sean R. Christensen, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Yale University
Identifying Novel Regulators of Ultraviolet-Induced Apoptosis in Human Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Marcus L. Frohm, M.D. – Year 2
University of Michigan
Pharmacological Treatment of BCC: How Much Do We Really Know?
Christine A. Liang, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Mohs Surgery for Melanoma In Situ: Optimization and Outcomes
Margaret Mann, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Refining Dermatologic Surgical Training in Residency
Yaohui Gloria Xu, M.D.
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Archilles' Heel in Melanoma - CDR-BP as a Potential Prognostic Marker and Therapeutic Target

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Christopher G. Bunick, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Yale University
Determining Structure and Function of the N-terminus of Human Keratins Using X-ray Crystallography
Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
The Role of Epigenomic Changes in Skin Senescence and Transformation
Donna A. Culton, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The Role of Circulating Antigen Experienced B Cells in Pemphigus: Lessons from Rituximab
Shadmehr Demehri, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University Medical Center
The Mechanism of NK Cell Activation and Its Implications in Skin Cancer Immunotherapy
Sarina B. Elmariah, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Harvard University
The Role of Proteases and Neurogenic Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Atopic Dermatitis
Donald A. Glass, II, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Determining the Genetic Causes of Keloid Formation
Michael D. Gober, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
The Effect of Voriconazole in Promoting UV-induced cSCC
Ali Jabbari, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Columbia University
Biomarker Development in Discoid Lupus
Thomas H. Leung, M.D. – Year 3
Stanford University
Understanding Tissue Regeneration in Mouse and Human Epithelial Cells
Peggy S. Myung, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
The Role of Non-cell Autonomous Wnt Activation in Hair Folicile Growth and Basal Cell Carcinoma
Eon J. Rios, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Non-Coding RNAs n Epidermal Homeostasis and Neoplasia
Tiffany C. Scharschmidt, M.D. – Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Identifying Key Genetic Determinants of Staphylococcus Aureus Skin Colonization
Matthew J. Turner, M.D. – Year 3
Indiana University
Inductive Keratinocyte-Derived Cytokines in a Murine Model of Atopic Dermatitis
Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Activating B-catenin Mutations Cooperate with BRAFV600E to Promote Invasion
Lisa C. Zaba, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Stanford University
Long Noncoding RNAs in Skin Fibrosis and Scleroderma Pathogenesis

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Sivan Harel, Ph.D. – Year 2
Columbia University
The Role of Hair Follicle Immune System in Age-Dependent Hair Loss
Phillip D. Holler, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Molecular Characterization of Hair Follicle Neogenesis
Frank Wang, M.D. – Year 3
University of Michigan
Reversal of Aged Skin Appearance by Enhancing Structural Support with Cross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid
Mingang Xu, Ph.D. – Year 3
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. – Year 3
Duke University
Quantitative Assessment of Disease Severity in Chronic Cutaneous Graft-vs-Host Disease
Ron J. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Emory University
Phenotypic and Functional Analysis of B Cells in Patients with Autoimmune Blistering Diseases
Meg R. Gerstenblith, M.D. – Year 3
Case Western Reserve University
Identifying Clinically Relevant Subtypes of Melanoma Using Genomic Profiling
Anna K. Haemel, M.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
A Comprehensive Approach to Study Systemic Sclerosis at the Molecular and Cellular Level
Kavita Y. Sarin, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Genetic Markers of Therapy Resistance in Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma
Stefan M. Schieke, M.D. – Year 2
Medical College of Wisconsin
mTOR Inhibitors in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: Therapeutic Efficacy and Molecular Mechanisms
Marie S. Tuttle, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
The Role of Iron in the Perpetuation of Inflammation and Infection in Chronic Wounds
Ruth Ann Vleugels, M.D. – Year 3
Harvard University
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: Developing a Novel Assessment Tool and Investigating Disease Associations

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Emily Y. Chu, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Identification of Molecular Prognostic Markers for Thin Melanomas
Paul W. Harms, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Michigan
Mutational Landscape of Merkel Cell Carcinoma by Next Generation Sequencing
Basil A. Horst, M.D. – Year 3
Columbia University
Analysis of Inositol Polyphosphate 4-Phosphatase Type II in Melanocytic Lesions
Philip O. Scumpia, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Regulation of Macrophage Inflammatory Networks by Neutral Stress Pathways in Skin Disease
Janis Marie Taube, M.D. – Year 2
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
PD-1/PD-L1 Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Melanoma

Women's Health Career Development Award

Beth N. McLellan, M.D. – Year 2
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Characteristics of Alopecia in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Hormonal Therapy
Bethanee J. Schlosser, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Northwestern University
Clinical and Molecular Characterization of Lichen Sclerosus as a Model of Vulvar Epithelial Fibrosis
Megha M. Tollefson, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Quality of Life of Parents and Caregivers of Children with Psoriasis

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Yvonne E. Chiu, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical and Genetic Investigations of Pedriatic Morphea
Jennifer T. Huang, M.D.
Harvard University
Late Skin Effects in Children After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

Research Career Development Award

Yeon Sook Choi, Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
WNT Signals in Merkel Cell Development and Regeneration
Anna De Benedetto, M.D. – Year 2
University of Rochester
Tight Junction Defects in Atopic Dermatitis: Crossroads Between Barrier and Immune Response
Annemieke de Jong, Ph.D. – Year 3
Columbia University
Functional and Phenotypic Analysis of Pathogenic T Cells in Alopecia Areata
Jodi L. Johnson, Ph.D. – Year 3
Northwestern University
Role of Cell Anchoring Desmosomal Proteins in the Epidermal Responses to UV Exposure
Masaoki Kawasumi, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Washington
Chemical Genetic Dissection of the UV DNA Damage Response and Carcinogenesis
Javed A. Mohammed, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Keratinocytes Control Langerhans Cell Migration by Spatial Expression of RGD-binding Integrins
Han Peng, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Regulation of the Cell Cycle by MicroRNAs: Quiescence Versus Proliferation
Poulikos I. Poulikakos, Ph.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Understanding RAF Regulation to Develop Novel Strategies for Targeting RAF Signaling in Melanoma
Enrique C. Torchia, Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Colorado, Denver
Molecular Mechanisms of Aurora Kinase A Mediated Carcinogenesis

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
The Natural History of Eczema in Children and Young Adults
Katherine O. Ayoade, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas, Dallas
The Role of DAF-12 in the Parasitism of Nippostrongylus Brasiliensis
Samuel J .Balin, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
B Cells in Leprosy
John O'Malley, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
Using Next Generation Sequencing to Examine T-cell Receptor Diversity in Mycosis Fungoides
Jubin W. Ryu, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Creating Nanotopography for Transdermal Drug Delivery and Treatment of Fibrotic Disorders
Amanda E. Zubek, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Eludication of SUN Protein Function in Epidermal Development

Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology

Jennifer L. Sorrell, M.D.
Columbia University
Alopecia Areata, Atopic Dermatitis and Autoimmune Associations (A-Five Study)

Dermatopathology Research Grant

Jochen T. Schaefer, M.D.
University of Connecticut
Genomic Analysis of Cellular Dermatofibromas and Cystic Fibrohistiocytic Tumors of the Lung

Research Grant

Jing Chen, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Genetic and Protein Analysis of Anti-Desmoglein Antibodies in Pemphigus Vulgaris
Qiaoli Li, Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Molecular Basis of Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris
Oxana Nekrasova, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
A Novel Desmoglein-1/Tctex-1(Dynein Light Chain) Interaction in Epidermis
Kaelyn D. Sumigray, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Cell and Tissue Responses to Desmosome Disruption
Tamara Terzian, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
p53 in Photoprotection

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