Elucidating the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Protecting Cutaneous Epithelial Stem Cell Niches
This research will investigate the mechanisms that regulatory T cells (Tregs) use to protect epithelial stem cells (ESCs) from autoimmunity in a novel experimental model of scarring alopecia. Additionally, we will comprehensively define the immunophenotype and spatial relationship of Tregs and ESCs in healthy and diseased human skin. These lines of investigation have the potential to identify novel therapeutic strategies to treat alopecias and inflammatory dermatoses.
— Jarish Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
- University of California, San Francisco
- Women’s Health Career Development Award
Exploring Gene Expression Patterns and Biomarkers of Disease Severity in Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), which has been associated with uterine fibroids, is unlike other scarring alopecias because fibrosis rather…
Vulvar lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory condition that leads to scarring, obliteration of normal vulvar architecture, dyspareunia, and significant…
Cell Signaling Changes Induced by Surgical Debulking May Improve Response to Smoothened Inhibitor Therapy
Smoothened (SMO) inhibitors, such as vismodegib, are effective treatments for locally advanced basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). However, recurrences are frequent…