Press Releases

March, 2021

2021 Research Award Recipients

The Board of Trustees is pleased to present the 58 recipients of the 2021 DF research awards.

Charles and Daneen Stiefel Scholar Award in Skin Cancer

Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Restoring Epigenomic Histone Methylation Dynamics for the Treatment of Keratinocyte Carcinomas
Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Novel Therapies for KIT Mutant Melanoma

Sun Pharma Research Award

Elizabeth A. Grice, Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Harnessing the Commensal Skin Microbiota to Modulate Inflammation and Barrier Function
Johann E. Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Michigan
Mechanisms of B-cell Activation and Autoantibody Formation in SLE
Tiffany C. Scharschmidt, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Contributions of Early Life Bacterial-barrier-immune Interactions in the Path to Atopy

Public Health Career Development Award

Aileen Chang, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Hospital Utilization for Skin Diseases in Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Lauren Orenstein, M.D.
Emory University
Pain in Hidradenitis Suppurativa: The Role of Nerve Sensitization and Defining Pain Outcomes
Joy Wan, M.D., M.S.C.E. – Year 2
University of Pennsylvania
Neurocognitive Functioning of Children with Atopic Dermatitis
Adewole S. Adamson, M.D. – Year 3
University of Texas, Austin
Optimizing Care Delivery and Health Equity in Patients with Melanoma

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Kenneth Yu, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Identifying Molecular Determinants of Prognosis in Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Wesley Y. Yu, M.D.
Oregon Health & Sciences University
Preventing Metastasis of High-Risk Melanoma

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Christoph T. Ellebrecht, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Development of Targeted Immunotherapy for and Transcriptional Profiling of T Cell Diseases
Chen Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Identification of Disease Driving T-Cells and Antigens in Alopecia Areata
Lee E. Wheless, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Vanderbilt University
Using Machine Learning to Stratify Skin Cancer Risk in Organ Transplant Recipients
Matthew D. Vesely, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Yale University
Stimulating Immune Inhibitory Receptors for the Treatment of Cutaneous Lupus
Sarah Whitley, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pittsburgh
IL-23 Regulates Cutaneous Resident Memory T Cell Development and Maintenance

Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award

Aayushi Uberoi, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Skin Microbiome-Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Crosstalk at Skin Interface Regulates Barrier Function
Donna M. Brennan-Crispi, Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Roles and Modulation of WNT-FZD Signaling in Hair

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Tina Bhutani, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Evaluating the Impact of Sleep on Psoriasis and Associated Comorbidities
Steven T. Chen, M.D., M.P.H.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Investigation of Dermatologic Toxicity from Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Advanced Malignancies
Galen T. Foulke, M.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Closing Practice Gaps in Dermatomyositis Malignancy Screening
Crystal U. Aguh, M.D. – Year 2
Johns Hopkins University
Exploring Gene Expression Patterns and Biomarkers of Disease Severity in CCCA
Albert Chiou, M.D. – Year 3
Stanford University
Evaluating Collagen VII Corrected Skin Grafts for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa
Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D. – Year 3
Johns Hopkins University
Racial Differences in Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Chronic Itch

Women's Health Career Development Award

Jarish Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Elucidating the Role of Regulatory T Cell in Protecting Cutaneous Epithelial Stem Cell Niches
Allison C. Billi, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
University of Michigan
VGLL3 Regulation in Female-Biased Autoimmune Diseases
Alicia Little, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Yale University
Role of T Follicular Helper Cells (Tfh) in Chronic Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

Research Career Development Award

Indermeet Kohli, Ph.D.
Henry Ford Medical Center
Optimizing Phototesting and Investigating Photobiology of Visible Light
Matthew T. Patrick, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Identification of Shared Genetic and Modifiable Risk Factors for Psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis
Satish Sati, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Investigating Neuroimmune Interactions to Promote Scarless Skin Regeneration
Juan-Manuel Leyva-Castillo, Ph.D. – Year 3
Harvard University
Role of PAX5 in Skin-derived Dendritic Cells During the Development of Allergic Skin Inflammation

Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award

Paul L. Haun, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Biomarker Analysis of Transcriptome Signatures in Mycosis Fungoides Across Clinicopathologic Stages
Joel C. Sunshine, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Loss of Effective Antigen Presentation in Melanoma and Treatment Failure
Randie Hee Kim, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
New York University
Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Prognosis of Intermediate Thickness Melanomas
Ursula E. Lang, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of California, San Francisco
Investigating the Role of Primary Cilia in Melanocytes and Melanomagenesis

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Carrie Coughlin, M.D.
Washington University
Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi
Dawn Z. Eichenfield, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Characterizing the Genetics and Epigenetics of Linear Morphea
Lisa M. Arkin, M.D. – Year 2
University of Wisconsin
Towards a Precision-Based Treatment for Port Wine Birthmarks
JiaDe Yu, M.D. – Year 3
Massachusetts General Hospital
Prospective North American Pediatric Allergic Contact Dermatitis Registry

Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship

Noah Hornick, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University
Distinguishing the Mechanisms of Tumoral Immune Response and Cutaneous Adverse Events
Anna Kersh, MD., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Elucidating Genes Involved in the Pathogenesis of Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Dermatoses
Benjamin A. Nanes, M.D., Ph.D
Southwestern Med. School University of Texas
Modulation of Epidermal Plasticity by Keratin Intermediate Filaments
Amy R. Vandiver, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Assessing the Functional Consequences of Mitochondrial Genomic Alterations in Cutaneous Aging

Patient Directed Investigation Grant

Charlene Lam, M.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Cell Signaling Changes Induced by Surgical Debulk May Improve Response to Smoothened Inhibitor Therapy

Research Grant

Stephanie R. Gillespie, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Investigating the Role of Ctsk in CD200-stimulated Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Metastasis
Matthew L. Hedberg, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Immunoediting in Cutaneous Squamous Carcinogenesis
Naiem T. Issa, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Miami
Computational Drug Discovery of Novel Small Molecule Inhibitor Chemotypes of GNAQ (Gq) Signaling
Nan Ring, M.D.
Yale University
Characterizing the Role of the Cutaneous Microbiota in Darier Disease
Mariana Silva, Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Cell Type-dependent PD-1 Inhibitor Affinity and Its Significance in Melanoma Immunotherapy
Takeshi Yamauchi, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Denver
The Role of Ethanol and Acetaldehyde in Melanocytes

Women's Health Research Grant

Melissa Mauskar M.D.
Southwestern Med. School University of Texas
Characterizing the Microbiome in Postmenopausal Women with Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

Diversity Research Supplement Awards

Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Skin Barrier Function and Post-arthroplasty Infection Rates in Older Adults
Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Atopic Dermatitis in Childhood and Risk of Early Cardiovascular Disease
Katrina E. Abuabara, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
DNA Methylation Age Acceleration and Atopic Dermatitis Disease Course
Zelma C. Chiesa-Fuxench, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Risk of Infection in Adult Patients with Atopic Dermatitis Exposed to Janus Kinase Inhibitors (JAKi)
Masaoki Kawasumi, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington
Targeting Epigenetic Abnormalities to Inhibit Skin Cancer
Megan H. Noe, M.D., M.P.H.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Vaccination Behaviors in Adults with Chronic Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Bethany E. Perez-White, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Reversal of Tight Junction Dysfunction in Atopic Dermatitis by Engaging EPHA2 Signaling
Jillian M. Richmond, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma and Canine Epitheliotropic Lymphoma: A Comparative Analysis
Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Evaluating Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Quality-of-Life Impact of Acne
Junko Takeshita, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Understanding Health Care Seeking Behaviors for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis
Iwei Yeh, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
The Role of NF1 and SPRED1 in KIT Mutant Melanoma

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