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March, 2015

2015 Research Award Recipients

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

John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Massachusetts
Skin-Resident Memory T Cells in Vitiligo
Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Defining Peripheral B Cell Tolerance Checkpoints in Pemphigus to Improve Therapy
Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
The Role of Regulatory T Cells in Hair Follicle Homeostasis and Alopecia Areata

Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Katrina Abuabara, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Eczema Epidemiology and Comorbidities
Esther E. Freeman, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Incidence and Determinants of Kaposi's Sarcoma Despite Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV
Anokhi Jambusaria-Pahlajani, M.D. Year 2
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 3
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Med Center
Pharmacoeconomic Analysis of Current and Alternative Reimbursement Models for Actinic Keratoses
Jonathan I. Silverberg, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Northwestern University
Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis
Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
The Risk of Serious Infection in Patients with Psoriasis

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Sean R. Christensen, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Yale University School of Medicine
Identifying Novel Regulators of Ultraviolet-Induced Apotosis in Human SCC
H. William Higgins, II, M.D., M.B.E.
Brown University
The Clinical Epidemiology of Melanoma in Situ
Sherrif Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Chemoprevention of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in High-risk Patients
Margaret W. Mann, M.D. Year 2
Case Western Reserve University
Refining Dermatologic Surgical Training in Residency
Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Appearance and Quality of Life in Dermatologic Surgery Patients
Yaohui Gloria Xu, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Archilles Heel in Melanoma - CDR-BP as a Potential Marker and Therapeutic Target

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Christopher G. Bunick, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Yale University School of Medicine
Determining Structure and Function of the N-terminus of Human Keratins Using X-ray Crystallography
Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
The Role of Epigenomic Changes in Skin Senescence and Transformation
Donna A. Culton, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
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. Year 2
Washington University Medical Center
The Mechanism of NK Cell Activation and Its Implications in Skin Cancer
Donald A. Glass, II, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Determining the Genetic Causes of Keloid Formation
Eon Rios, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Non-Coding RNAs n Epidermal Homeostasis and Neoplasia
Tiffany C. Scharschmidt, M.D. Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Exploring the Role of Commensal Skin Bacteria in Establishing and Maintaining Peripheral Tolerance
Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Activating B-catenin Mutations Cooperate with BRAFV600E to Promote Invasion
Amanda Zubek, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Mechanism of Nuclear Positioning in Skin Differentiation and Disease: LINCs, Desmosomes and Rho

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Sivan Harel, Ph.D. Year 3
Columbia University
Role of Hair Follicle Immune System in Age-Dependent Hair Loss

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Ron J. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Emory University School of Medicine
Phenotypic and Functional Analysis of B Cells in Patients with Autoimmune Blistering Diseases
Aaron Mangold, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
Prognostic Value of Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatase in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Robert Micheletti, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Cutaneous Vasculitis: Expanding Knowledge Through Exploration of Large Multidisciplinary Database
Kavita Sarin, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Genetic Markers of Therapy Resistance in Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma
Stefan M. Schieke, M.D. Year 3
Medical College of Wisconsin
mTOR Inhibitors in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
Marie S. Tuttle, M.D. Year 2
Case Western Reserve University
The Role of Iron in the Perpetuation of Inflammation and Infection in Chronic Wounds

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Emily Y. Chu, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Identification of Molecular Prognostic Markers for Thin Melanoma
Paul W. Harms, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Michigan
Mutational Landscape of Merkel Cell Carcinoma by Next Generation Sequencing
Julia S. Lehman, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Discovery and Validation of Tissue-based Biomarkers of Acute Graft-versus-host
Janis Marie Taube, M.D. Year 3
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
PD-1/PD-L1 Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Melanoma
Karolyn A. Wanat, M.D.
University of Iowa
Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Role of Mast Cells and Eosinophils

Women's Health Career Development Award

Rajesh L. Thangapazham, Ph.D.
Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences
Genes Regulating Hair Follicle Neogenesis, Growth, and Development
Megha M. Tollefson, M.D. Year 2
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Quality of Life of Patients and Caregivers of Children with Psoriasis

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Yvonne E. Chiu, M.D. Year 2
Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical and Genetic Investigations of Pediatric Morphea
Jennifer T. Huang, M.D. Year 2
Harvard University
Late Skin Effects in Children After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Anubhav N. Mathur, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Determining the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Skin Barrier Repair

Research Career Development Award

Yeon Sook Choi, Ph.D. Year 3
Massachusetts General Hospital
WNT Signals in Merkel Cell Development and Regeneration
Anna De Benedetto, M.D. Year 3
University of Rochester Medical Center
Tight Junction Defects in Atopic Dermatitis: Crossroads between Barrier & Immune Response
Masaoki Kawasumi, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Washington Medical School
Chemical Genetic Dissection of the UV DNA Damage Response and Carcinogenesis
Javed A. Mohammed, Ph.D. Year 2
University of Minnesota
Keratinocytes Control Langerhans Cell Migration by Spatial Expression of RGDbinding Integrins
Han Peng, Ph.D. Year 2
Northwestern University
Regulation of the Cell Cycle by MicroRNA's: Quiescence Versus Proliferation
Poulikos I. Poulikakos, Ph.D. Year 2
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Understanding RAF Regulation to Develop Novel Strategies for Targeting RAF Signaling in Melanoma
Francisco Ramirez-Valle, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Activation and Memory Responses to IL-17 Producing γδ T Cells During Skin and Joint Inflammation

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Samuel Balin, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
B Cells in Leprosy
Marlys Fassett, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Molecular Regulation of the Pruritogenic Cytokine Interleukin-31 in Atopic Dermatitis
Jason E. Hawkes, M.D.
University of Utah
Role of miR-146a and miR-155 in the Pathogenesis of Psoriasis and Systemic Inflammation
Roberto Ricardo-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Study of Innate Lymphoid Cells in the Skin
Arsalan Q. Shabbir, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Miami
The Role of Stem Cell Exosomes in Cutaneous Wound Healing Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology
Sarah S. Asch, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Bathing Additives in the Management of Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis Patient Directed Investigation Grant
Meg R. Gerstenblith, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
The Facial Microbiome in Identical Twins Discordant for Rosacea
Hoseong Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Epigenetic Changes in Human Skin After Acute Ultraviolet Light Exposure

Research Grant

Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Inhibitors of the Renin-angiotensinogen System and the Risk of Keratinocyte Cancers
Dan Hasson, Ph.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Discovery of Novel Melanoma Oncogenes Using an Epigenetic Approach
Matthew S. Hayden, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University
Preclinical Development of a Novel Combination Therapy to Improve Immunotoxin Efficiency in Melanoma
Xiaoling Zhang, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Kindlin-1 as an Important Link Between Skin Inflammation and Cancer

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