Press Releases

March, 2019

2019 Research Award Recipients

The Board of Trustees is pleased to present the 58 recipients of the 2019 DF research awards.

Charles and Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Skin Cancer

Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Restoring Epigenomic Histone Methylation Dynamics for the Treatment of Keratinocyte Carcinomas
Todd W. Ridky, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Inhibiting Melanoma Via a Novel and Druggable GPCR Pathway

Sun Pharma Research Award

Elizabeth A. Grice, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Harnessing the Commensal Skin Mlcrobiota to Modulate Inflammation and Barrier Function

Public Health Career Development Award

Adewole S. Adamson, M.D.
University of Texas, Austin - Dell Medical School
Optimizing Care Delivery and Health Equity in Patients With Melanoma
Arianne S. Kourosh, M.D., M.P.H. – Year 3
Massachusetts General Hospital
Avatoras: A Telehealth Innovation to Address Access and Compliance Barriers for Chronic Skin Disease
Lynn M. Petukhova, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Neuropsychiatric and Metabolic Comorbidities in Patients With Autoimmune Diseases of the Skin
Aaron M. Secrest, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. – Year 2
University of Utah
Clinical Utility of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Dermatology
Mackenzie Wehner, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Risk of Skin Cancer After Actinic Keratosis

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Jeremy R. Etzkorn, M.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy for Basal Cell Carcinoma Diagnosis and Surgical Management
Mary L. Stevenson, M.D. – Year 2
NYU Medical Center
Identification of Novel Risk Factors and Biomarkers for Poor Outcomes in Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Abigail Waldman, M.D., M.H.S. – Year 2
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. – Year 2
Washington University Medical Center
Epigenetic Regulation of Skin Homeostasis and Tumorigenesis
William E. Damsky, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Yale University School of Medicine
Elucidating and Overcoming Mechanisms of Immunotherapy Resistance in Melanoma
Marlys S. Fassett, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
IL-31: Coupling Itch and Rash in Atopic Dermatitis
Jennifer G. Gill, M.D, Ph.D. – Year 3
Southwestern Med. School Univ. of Texas
Transcriptional and Metabolic Adaptations of Melanoma Metastases
Allen W. Ho, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance to Apoptotic Cells and Its Role in Cutaneous Autoimmunity
Cory L. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Mechanism of Selective Autophagy in Epidermal Differentiation and Homeostasis
Matthew D. Vesely, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Stimulating Immune Inhibitory Receptors for the Treatment of Cutaneous Lupus
Sarah Whitley, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
IL-23 Regulates Cutaneous Resident Memory T Cell Development and Maintenance

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Donna M. Brennan-Crispi, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Roles and Modulation of WNT-FZD Signaling in Hair

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Zelma C. Chiesa-Fuxench, M.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Atopic Dermatitis: Expanding Our Understanding of Complex Disease in the Hispanic Population
Albert Chiou, M.D.
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Collagen VII Corrected Skin Grafts for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Benjamin H. Kaffenberger, M.D. – Year 2
Ohio State University Medical Center
Prospective Categorization and Outcome Analysis of Cutaneous Drug Eruptions
Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Racial Differences in Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Chronic Itch
Cecilia Larocca, M.D. – Year 2
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 3
University of Miami
Understanding First Venous Leg Ulcers in People with Venous Insufficiency
Alina Markova, M.D. – Year 3
Cornell University
Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Dermatologic Disease in Hospitalized Patients with Cancer
Xiaolong Zhou, M.D., M.Sc. – Year 2
Northwestern University
Characterization of the Skin Microbiome in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Women's Health Career Development Award

James Chen, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Computational Modeling of Sexually Dimorphic Molecular Pathologies in Hair and Skin Development
Alicia Little, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Role of T Follicular Helper (Tfh) Cells in Chronic Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Ian D. Odell, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Yale University School of Medicine
Functional Analysis of Dendritic Cells and Development of a Humanized Mouse Model of Scleroderma
Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Massachusetts
Targeting the CXCR3 Chemokine Axis in Cutaneous Lupus

Research Career Development Award

Ryan P. Hobbs, Ph.D. – Year 2
Pennsylvania State University
Cellular and Molecular Roles for Autoimmune Regulator in Early Skin Tumorigenesis
Juan-Manuel Leyva-Castillo, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Role of PAX5 in Skin-Derived Dendritic Cells During the Development of Allergic Skin Inflammation
Haiyun Liu, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
The Role of Keratinocytes in Regulating IgE Production in Atopic Dermatitis
Gatien Moriceau, Ph.D. – Year 3
University of California, Los Angeles
Exploiting Mechanisms of Drug Addiction to Suppress MAPKi Resistance in Melanoma
Bahram Razani, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
A20 Restricts Psoriatic Inflammation

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Matthew S. Goldberg, M.D. – Year 2
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Melanoma Epigenetics and the Functional Role of MacroH2A in Melanoma Progression
Randie Hee Kim, M.D.
NYU Medical Center
Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Prognosis of Intermediate Thickness Melanomas
Maija Kiuru, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Molecular Basis of Inherited and Sporadic Melanocytic Nevi
Ursula E. Lang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Investigating the Role of Primary Cilia in Melanocytes and Melanomagenesis

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Leslie A. Castelo-Soccio, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Genetics and Imaging of Pediatric Hair Disorders
Elena B. Hawryluk, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Massachusetts General Hospital
Atypical Pediatric Pigmented Lesions
JiaDe Yu, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Creation of Prospective Pediatric Allergic Contact Dermatitis Registry

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Exploring the Conserved Factor VGLL3 as a Driver of Fibrosis in Female Sex-Biased Autoimmune Disease
Jason M. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Pathogenesis -Directed Therapy of Ichthyoses With Defects in Magnesium and Fatty Acid Metabolism
Timothy H. Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Elucidating the fundamental Metabolic Pathways Utilized by Human Tissue Tregs in Health & Disease

Research Grant

Michael S. Garshick, M.D.
NYU Medical Center
Inflammasome Signaling and Impaired Vascular Health in Patients with Psoriasis
Jeffrey D. McBride, M.D., Ph.D
University of Miami
Variation in Delivery of Extracellular Vesicle-Associated Collagen VII from Stem Cells to EB Cells

Diversity Research Supplement Award

Emily Y. Chu, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Identification and Characterization of Patients with WNT10A Mutations
Sherrie J. Divito, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Immunologic Profiling of Acute Skin GVHD versus Delayed-Type Drug Hypersensitivity Reactions
Esther E. Freeman, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Adherence to Chemotherapy for HIV Associated Kaposi's Sarcoma in Kenya
Adam J. Friedman, M.D.
George Washington University
Targeting p38 Isoforms to Inhibit Growth and Invasion, and to Overcome Therapy Resistance in Human Malignant Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Aaron Mangold, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
1. Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Ethnic Minorities
2. Analysis of INPP5A in Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Haley B. Naik, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
1. Examining the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Literature Across Medical Specialties
2. Retrospective Comparison of Adalimumab Dosing for Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Buddy Relationships in DermatoloGic Excisions for Skin Cancer
Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Psoriasis Treatment Patterns in a Commercially Insured Population: Identifying Potential Disparities

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