Press Releases

March, 2016

2016 Research Award Recipients

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

John E. Harris, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Massachusetts
Skin-Resident Memory T Cells in Vitiligo
Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Defining Peripheral B Cell Tolerance Checkpoints in Pemphigus to Improve Therapy
Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
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 E. Abuabara, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Eczema Epidemiology and Comorbidities
Esther E. Freeman, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Harvard University
Incidence and Determinants of Kaposi's Sarcoma Despite Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV
Jonathan I. Silverberg, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Year 2
Northwestern University
Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Christian L. Baum, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Prognostic Risk Factors and Interventions for Patients with cSCC and CLL/NHL
H. William Higgins, II, M.D., M.B.E. Year 2
Brown University
The Clinical Epidemiology of Melanoma In Situ
Sherrif Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of Rochester
Chemoprevention of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in High-risk Patients
Margaret W. Mann, M.D. Year 3
Case Western Reserve University
Refining Dermatologic Surgical Training in Residency
Emily Stamell Ruiz, M.D.
Harvard University
Skin Cancer Equity and Expenditure Analysis
Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Appearance and Quality of Life in Dermatologic Surgery Patients
Yaohui Gloria Xu, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Wisconsin
Archilles Heel in Melanoma - CDR-BP as a Potential Marker and Therapeutic Target

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
The Role of Epigenomic Changes in Skin Senescence and Transformation
Sherrie J. Divito, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
Investigating Skin T Cells in Graft-versus-Host Disease
Tamia A. Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D.
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Determining the Function of Resistin Like Molecule a(RELMa) in Cutaneous Host Defense
Eon Rios, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Stanford University
Non-Coding RNAs n Epidermal Homeostasis and Neoplasia
John C. Selby, M.D.
University of Iowa
The Mechanobiological Paradigm of Keratinocyte Re-Epithelialization: Effects Of Matrix Stiffness
Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Activating B-catenin Mutations Cooperate with BRAFV600E to Promote Invasion

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Ka Wai Mok, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Identifying the Key Niche Signals for Hair Follicle Formation

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Joshua Arbesman, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Identifying Novel Preventive Approaches in Melanoma Using Genetics of Very High-risk Families
Aaron Mangold, M.D. Year 2
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
Prognostic Value of Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatase in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Robert Micheletti, M.D. Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Cutaneous Vasculitis: Expanding Knowledge Through Exploration of Large Multidisciplinary Database
Haley B. Naik, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Investigating the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Hidradentitis Suppurativa
Kavita Sarin, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Stanford University
Genetic Markers of Therapy Resistance in Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Emily Y. Chu, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Identification of Molecular Prognostic Markers for Thin Melanoma
Julia S. Lehman, M.D. Year 2
Mayo Clinic
Discovery and Validation of Tissue-based Biomarkers of Acute Graft-versus-host Disease of the Skin
Karolyn A. Wanat, M.D. Year 2
University of Iowa
Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Role of Mast Cells and Eosinophils

Women's Health Career Development Award

Chung-Ping Liao, Ph.D.
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Mechanisms Regulating Hair Pigmentation and Development
Rajesh L. Thangapazham, Ph.D. Year 2
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Genes Regulating Hair Follicle Neogenesis, Growth, and Development
Megha M. Tollefson, M.D. Year 3
Mayo Clinic
Quality of Life of Parents and Caregivers of Children with Psoriasis

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Yvonne E. Chiu, M.D. Year 3
Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical and Genetic Investigations of Pediatric Morphea
Jennifer T. Huang, M.D. Year 3
Harvard University
Late Skin Effects in Children After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Anubhav N. Mathur, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Determining the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Skin Barrier Repair

Research Career Development Award

Willy Hugo, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Innate Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition for Melanoma Therapy
Wenqing Li, Ph.D.
Brown University
Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology of Atypical Nevi
Javed A. Mohammed, Ph.D. Year 3
University of Minnesota
Keratinocytes Control Langerhans Cell Migration by Spatial Expression of RGDbinding Integrins
Han Peng, Ph.D. Year 3
Northwestern University
Regulation of the Cell Cycle by MicroRNA's: Quiescence Versus Proliferation
Poulikos I. Poulikakos, Ph.D. Year 3
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Understanding RAF Regulation to Develop Novel Strategies for Targeting RAF Signaling in Melanoma
Roberto R. Ricardo-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Study of Innate Lymphoid Cells Type 2 in the Skin
Lam C. Tsoi, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Identification of Psoriasis-associated IncRNAs Through Systems Biology Framework

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

David Y. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University
Establishing the Role of DNA Methyltransferase in Hair Cycling and Alopecia
Jennifer G. Gill, M.D, Ph.D.
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Characterization of Mechanisms Underlying Melanoma Brain Metastasis
Ian D. Odell, M.D., PhD
Yale University
Study of Innate Immune Cells and Development of a Humanized Mouse Model of Scleroderma
Joy Wan, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Investigating Early and Late Onset Atopic Dermatitis

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

William M. Lin, M.D.
Harvard University
Image Analysis of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies in Melanoma Patients

Research Grant

Aaron M. Drucker, M.D.
Brown University
Validation of the CAPS (Clinical extent, Area, Pruritus, Sleep) Eczema Severity Score
Carolyn S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Characterization of Kinetochore and Kinastrin-interacting Proteins Disrupted in Skin Cancer
Tobias F. I. Schatton, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
Significance of Melanoma Cell-instrinsic PD-1 in Tumor Growth and Clinical Biomarker Development
Cory L. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
The Role of Autophagy in Epidermal Differentiation, Morphogenesis, and Pigmentation
Nicholas Theodosakis, Ph.D.
Yale University
Identifying the Keratinocytic Determinants of Blaschkolinear Inflammatory Disorders

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