Press Releases

March, 2017

2017 Research Award Recipients

The Board of Trustees is pleased to present the 52 recipients of the 2017 DF research awards.

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

Aimee S. Payne, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Defining Peripheral B Cell Tolerance Checkpoints in Pemphigus to Improve Therapy
Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
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/Public Health

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Eczema Epidemiology and Comorbidities
Esther E. Freeman, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
Harvard University
Incidence and Determinants of Kaposi's Sarcoma Despite Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV
Arianne S. Kourosh, M.D.
Harvard University
Avatoras: A Telehealth Innovation to Address Access and Compliance Barriers for Chronic Skin Disease
Megan Noe, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Risk of Hospitalization for Pneumonia in Adults with Chronic Skin Diseases
Jonathan I. Silverberg, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Year 3
Northwestern University
Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in Atopic Dermatitis

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Christian L. Baum, M.D. Year 2
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Prognostic Risk Factors and Interventions for Patients with cSCC and CLL/NHL
Jeremy R. Etzkorn, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy for Basal cell Carcinoma Diagnosis and Surgical Management
H. William Higgins, II, M.D., M.B.E. Year 3
Brown University
The Clinical Epidemiology of Melanoma in Situ
Sherrif Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of Rochester Medical Center
Chemoprevention of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in High-risk Patients
Emily Stamell Ruiz, M.D. Year 2
Harvard University
Skin Cancer Equity and Expenditure Analysis
Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Appearance and Quality of Life in Dermatologic Surgery Patients

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Marlys S. Fassett, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
IL-31: Coupling Itch and Rash in Atopic Dermatitis
Jennifer G. Gill, M.D., Ph.D.
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Transcriptional and Metabolic Adaptations Determining Melanoma Sites of Metastasis
Tamia Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Determining the Function of Resistin Like Molecule a(RELMa) in Cutaneous Host Defense
John C. Selby, M.D. Year 2
University of Iowa
The Mechanobiological Paradigm of Keratinocyte Re-Epithelialization: Effects of Matrix Stiffness
Cory L. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Mechanisms of Selective Autophagy in Epidermal Differentiation and Homeostatis

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Ka Wai Mok, Ph.D. Year 2
Icahm School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Identifying the Key Niche Signals for Hair Follicle Formation

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Joshua Arbesman, M.D. Year 2
Case Western Reserve University
Identifying Novel Preventive Approaches in Melanoma Using Genetics of Very High-risk Families
Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Atopic Dermatitis: Expanding Our Understanding of this Complex Disease in the Hispanic Population
Hadar Lev-Tov, M.D.
University of Miami
Understanding First Venous Leg Ulcers in People with Venous Insufficiency
Aaron Mangold, M.D. Year 3
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
Prognostic Value of Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatase in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Alina Markova, M.D.
Cornell University
Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Dermatologic Disease in Hospitalized Patients with Cancer
Robert Micheletti, M.D. Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Cutaneous Vasculitis: Expanding Knowledge Through Exploration of Large Multidisciplinary Database
Haley B. Naik, M.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Investigating the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Hidradentitis Suppurativa

Women's Health Career Development Award

Chung-Ping Liao, Ph.D. Year 2
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Mechanisms Regulating Hair Pigmentation and Development
Ian D. Odell, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Functional Analysis of Dendritic Cells and Development of a Humanized Mouse Model of Scleroderma

Research Career Development Award

Wenqing Li, Ph.D. Year 2
Brown University
Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology of Atypical Nevi
Gatien Moriceau, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Exploiting Mechanisms of Drug Addiction to Suppress MAPKi Resistance in Melanoma
Bethany E. Perez-White, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Breaking Down Barriers: Defining the Role of EphA2 in Building Epidermal Tight Junctions
Roberto R. Ricardo-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D. Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Study of Innate Lymphoid Cells Type 2 in the Skin
Alan H. Shain, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Assessing the Genomic Landscape of Individual Melanocytes and Keratinocytes in Normal Skin
Lam C. Tsoi, Ph.D. Year 2
University of Michigan
Identification of Psoriasis-associated IncRNAs through Systems Biology Framework

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Maija Kiuru, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Molecular Basis of Inherited and Sporadic Melanocytic Nevi
Julia S. Lehman, M.D. Year 3
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Discovery and Validation of Tissue-based Biomarkers of Acute Graft-versus-host Disease of the Skin
Karolyn A. Wanat, M.D. Year 3
University of Iowa
Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Role of Mast Cells and Eosinophils

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Leslie A. Castelo-Soccio, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Pediatric Alopecia and Hair Disorders
Anubhav N. Mathur, M.D., Ph.D. Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Determining the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Skin Barrier Repair

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Yiyin E. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Tuning of Cutaneous Immunity with Commensal Bacteria
William Damsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Modeling Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy in Mice to Optimize Treatment Strategies in Melanoma
Allen Ho, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
IL-10 Regulation in CD4+ T Lymphocytes and its Role Mediating Cutaneous Inflammation
Neda Nikbakht, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
Convergence of Epigenetic and Immune Modulators in Cutaneous Melanoma
Bahram Razani, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Role of A20 and ABIN1 in Psoriatic Inflammation
Karl Staser, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University
Modulating Immunity in Graft-versus-host Disease
Matthew Vesely, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
PD-1H as a Novel Immune Checkpoint Molecule in Melanoma
Howa Yeung, M.D.
Emory University
Characterization of Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Screening in Sexual Minority Populations

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Vivian Shi, M.D.
University of Arizona
Linking Epidermal Barrier Function with Anti-oxidant Defense Mechanisms in Atopic Dermatitis

Research Grant

Ian T. Ahearn, M.D.
New York University
Targeting Nras Post-translational Modifications in Melanoma
Amanda S. MacLeod, M.D.
Duke University
Role of IL-27 Signaling in Cutaneous Regeneration and Host Defense
Pooja Mehta, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Elucidating the Functional Role of Layilin on Regulatory T Cells
Bryan K. Sun, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Identification of YAP1 Regulators in Epidermis

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