Assessing the Functional Consequences of Mitochondrial Genomic Alterations in Cutaneous Aging

Mitochondria generate energy for cells. They contain their own genome, which supports their function. Photoaging is associated with alterations to this genome, but the effects of these changes on mitochondrial…

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Modulation of Epidermal Plasticity by Keratin Intermediate Filaments

The epidermis faces a fundamental architectural challenge during tissue remodeling—balancing resistance to mechanical insult with plasticity. Without resistance, the epidermis cannot form a functional barrier. Without plasticity, growth and wound…

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Elucidating Genes Involved in the Pathogenesis of Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Dermatoses

We are investigating the pathogenesis of lichen planus (LP) and other lichenoid dermatoses using single-cell RNA sequencing and similar techniques on fresh lesional and nonlesional skin biopsies from patients. We…

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Distinguishing the Mechanisms of Tumoral Immune Response and Cutaneous Adverse Events

Checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) therapy has revolutionized cancer treatment, but generates immune-related adverse events (irAEs) that commonly include cutaneous effects. I hypothesize that the tumor response is mechanistically distinct from associated…

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Investigating Neuroimmune Interactions to Promote Scarless Skin Regeneration

Approximately 100 million new skin scars appear annually in the U.S. The many products marketed for scar prevention produce only modest results. We discovered that activation of the TRPA1 receptor…

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Matthew Patrick Ph.D.

Identification of Shared Genetic and Modifiable Risk Factors for Psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis

More than 40,000 people suffer from both psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS), which share a number of known genetic loci. IL-17 is significant in both diseases, and I hypothesize that…

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Indermeet Kohli, Ph.D.

Optimizing Phototesting and Investigating Photobiology of Visible Light

Through improved means of investigating photoprotection efficacy extending into the visible waveband, the proposed studies should provide improved guidelines for testing sun protection agents that prevent sunburn in light-skinned individuals….

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Jarish Coehn M.D.

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…

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Dawn Eichenfield M.D.

Characterizing the Genetics and Epigenetics of Linear Morphea

Morphea is an inflammatory skin disease that can be debilitating and disfiguring. Developing a better understanding of this disease is the first step toward better pharmacological treatments and preventive strategies….

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Carrie Coughlin M.D.

Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for Kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi

We need tools to support shared decision-making in pediatric dermatology as well as studies evaluating this process. Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi…

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