Press Releases

February, 2018

2018 Research Award Recipients

The Board of Trustees is pleased to present the 58 recipients of the 2018 DF research awards.

Charles & Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Skin Cancer

Todd W. Ridky, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Inhibiting Melanoma Via a Novel and Druggable GPCR Pathway

Public Health/Clinical Career Development Award in Health Care Policy

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Eczema Epidemiology and Comorbidities
Arianne S. Kourosh, M.D., M.P.H. – Year 2
Massachusetts General Hospital
Avatoras: A Telehealth Innovation to Address Access and Compliance Barriers for Chronic Skin Disease
Megan Noe, M.D., M.P.H. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Risk of Hospitalization for Pneumonia Adults with Chronic Skin Diseases
Aaron M. Secrest, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Utah
Clinical Utility of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Dermatology

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Christian L. Baum, M.D. – Year 3
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Prognostic Risk Factors and Interventions for Patients with cSCC and CLL/NHL
Jeremy R. Etzkorn, M.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy for Basal Cell Carcinoma Diagnosis and Surgical Management
Emily Stamell Ruiz, M.D. – Year 3
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Skin Cancer Equity and Expenditure Analysis
Mary L. Stevenson, M.D.
New York University
Identification of Novel Risk Factors and Biomarkers for Poor Outcomes in Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Abigail Waldman, M.D., M.H.S.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Skin Cancer Life Impact and Functional Evaluation (LIFE)

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

David Y. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University
Epigenetic Regulation of Skin Homeostasis and Tumorigenesis
William E. Damsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Elucidating and Overcoming Mechanisms of Immunotherapy Resistance in Melanoma
Marlys S. Fassett, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
IL-31: Coupling Itch and Rash in Atopic Dermatitis
Jennifer G. Gill, M.D, Ph.D. – Year 2
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Transcriptional and Metabolic Adaptations of Melanoma Metastases
Tamia A. Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Determining the Function of Resistin-Like Molecule alpha (RELMa) in Cutaneous Host Defense
Allen W. Ho, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance to Apoptotic Cells and Its Role in Cutaneous Autoimmunity
John C. Selby, M.D. – Year 3
University of Iowa
The Mechanobiological Paradigm of Keratinocyte Re-Epithelialization: Effects of Matrix Stiffness
Cory L. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Mechanism of Selective Autophagy in Epidermal Differentiation and Homeostasis

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Ka Wai Mok, Ph.D. – Year 3
Icahn 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 3
Case Western Reserve University
Identifying Novel Preventative Approaches in Melanoma Using Genetics of Very High-Risk Families
Zelma C. Chiesa-Fuxench, M.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Atopic Dermatitis: Expanding Our Understanding of Complex Disease in the Hispanic Population
Benjamin H. Kaffenberger, M.D.
Ohio State University
Prospective Categorization and Outcome Analysis of Cutaneous Drug Eruptions
Cecilia Larocca, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
An Implantable Microdevice for Candidate in Situ Drug Sensitivity Testing in Mycosis Fungoides
Hadar Lev-Tov, M.D., M.A.S. – Year 2
University of Miami
Understanding First Venous Leg Ulcers in People with Venous Insufficiency
Alina Markova, M.D. – Year 2
Cornell University
Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Dermatologic Disease in Hospitalized Patients with Cancer
Haley B. Naik, M.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Investigating the Role of the Skin Microbiome in Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Xiaolong Zhou, M.D., M.Sc.
Northwestern University
Characterization of the Skin Microbiome in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Women's Health Career Development Award

Chung-Ping Liao, Ph.D. – Year 3
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Mechanisms Regulating Hair Pigmentation and Development
Ian D. Odell, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Yale University
Functional Analysis of Dendritic Cells and Development of a Humanized Mouse Model of Scleroderma
Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Targeting the CXCR3 Chemokine Axis in Cutaneous Lupus

Research Career Development Award

Nathan K. Archer, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
The Role of IL-1alpha in Atopic Dermatitis Skin Inflammation
Ryan P. Hobbs, Ph.D.
Penn State University
Cellular and Molecular Roles for Autoimmune Regulator in Early Skin Tumorigenesis
Wenqing Li, Ph.D. – Year 3
Brown University
Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology of Atypical Nevi
Yun Liang, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
The Role of VGLL3 in Regulation of Sexually Dimorphic, IFN-mediated Immune Processes
Gatien Moriceau, Ph.D. – Year 2
University of California, Los Angeles
Exploiting Mechanisms of Drug Addiction to Suppress MAPKi Resistance in Melanoma
Bethany E. Perez-White, Ph.D. – Year 2
Northwestern University
Breaking Down Barriers: Defining the Role of EphA2 in Building Epidermal Tight Junctions
Bahram Razani, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
A20 Restricts Psoriatic Inflammation
Roberto R. Ricardo-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Study of Innate Lymphoid Cells Type 2 in the Skin

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Matthew S. Goldberg, M.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Melanoma Epigenetics and the Functional Role of MacroH2A in Melanoma Progression
Maija Kiuru, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of California, Davis
Molecular Basis of Inherited and Sporadic Melanocytic Nevi

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Leslie A. Castelo-Soccio, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Genetics and Imaging of Pediatric Hair Disorders
Elena B. Hawryluk, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Atypical Pediatric Pigmented Lesions

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Christopher S. Crowley, M.D.
University of California, San Diego
Investigation of the Role of the Volume Regulated Anion Channels (VRACs) in Keratinocyte Biology
Marianna Freudzon, M.D.
Yale University
Understanding the Role of GILT in Malaria Transmission in Skin
Melissa A. Kinnebrew, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Defining the Mechanisms of Thermoregulation in the Skin
Rie Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Metabolic Landscape of Human Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Margaret Wat, M.D., Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
Sarah Whitley, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
IL-23 Regulates Cutaneous Resident Memory T Cell Development

Research Grant

Duncan Hieu M. Dam, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Role of Scavenger Receptors in Modulation of Toll-like Receptors Activation in Viral Skin Infections
William W. Huang, M.D., M.P.H.
Wake Forest University
Developing the Pyoderma Gangrenosum Area and Severity Index (PGASI): An Outcome Instrument for PG

Research Supplement Award

Emma Guttman, MD, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Difference in the Evaluation, Treatment and Comorbidities of Psoriasis in Patients with Skin of Color
Jennifer T. Huang, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Examining Racial Disparities in Dermatologic Care of Children with Cancer
Masaoki Kawasumi, MD, PhD
University of Washington
CRISPR-Cas9 Epigenome Editing to Inhibit Skin Cancer
Thomas H. Leung, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Understanding the Pathogenesis of Neutrophilic Dermatoses
Eleni Linos, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.PH
University of California, San Francisco
1. Skin Cancer Prevention in Sexual Minorities
2. Dermatologists' Prescriptions of Antihistamines in Older Adults: Data from the National Ambulatory Health Survey 2006-2015
Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, MSCE
University of Pennsylvania
Patient-Provider Racial Concordance and Patient Satisfaction
Janis M. Taube, M.D., M.Sc.
Johns Hopkins University
Characterizing Cell Type-Specific PD-1 and PD-L1 Expression in Melanoma

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