Research in the division of dermatology

Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty maintain a well-funded program of basic, clinical, and translation research on a diverse range of topics. They include many aspects of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancers such as melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma; atopic dermatitis, wound healing; ichthyosis and related skin disorders; the interface between skin and biomaterials; the role of ultraviolet radiation and interactions with caffeine; and the action of defensins in the innate immune response of the skin. Division members also investigate new approaches to teaching, such as teledermatology and virtual reality simulation of dermatologic surgery.

The UW Dermatology Division was been awarded a T32 Training Grant (2009-2014) from the NIH, “Training in Investigative Dermatology.”  The mission of this grant was to train the next generation of independent investigators in dermatology and skin biology on either a Skin Biology Track or Clinical Investigator Track. See the research fellows page for a list of research projects funded by this grant. The Dermatology Division plans to submit a application for another T32 Training Grant in early 2016.