Research in Dermatology Elective 180.11


Elective Director:  Michael Lichtman, MD

Instructors:  Dermatology Faculty

Description of Elective

The elective is designed to give interested students an in-depth exposure to laboratory and clinical research. Ongoing work includes studies of stem cells, cellular growth control, epigenetics, mechanisms of cellular aging, controls of melanogenesis and cell-cell interaction in the skin. Most studies involve use of human skin-derived cells and molecular biology techniques. Prior laboratory experience is desirable for basic science research.  The elective is not limited to basic science. It could be focused on patient-based clinical research or psychosocial projects.  This elective is available for either 8 or 12 weeks blocks.

Students interested in registering for this elective should first identify an area of research interest and a faculty member to directly discuss research opportunities.  The following faculty members currently have research opportunities for medical students.  Please click on the links below for more in-depth information on each faculty members research interests and contact information.

Principal Investigator Research Interest(s) Helpful Links Contact Info
Rhoda Alani, MD Basic and translational studies in melanoma aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of this disease with a particular focus on epigenetic pathways associated with disease progression
Jag Bhawan, MD Dermatopathology, disorder of pigmentation, photoaging
Polly Carson Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Clinical and Pre-Clinical Trials, GMP, IND, and FDA interactions. This includes the Design of protocols, Manual of Operating Procedures, Case Report Forms as required by NIH/DoD
Vincent Falanga, MD, FACP Stem cells, wound healing, bioengineered skin, fibrosis, chronic wounds
Lynne Goldberg, MD Alopecia, dermatopathology
Vyacheslav Labunskky, PhD Yeast physiology and longevity models
Christina Lam, MD Rheumatology- and dermatology-linked disease processes
Allison Larson, MD Projects and papers related to Medical Education
Margaret Lee, MD, PhD Students are welcome to meet with Dr. Lee, particularly if they have an interest in pediatrics and/or pediatric dermatology, to explore research projects and/or clinical experiences in the major categories:

  • The psychosocial impact of pediatric skin conditions (including birthmarks, bullying)
  • Patient- and family-oriented collaborative care and outcomes studies e.g. for atopic dermatitis

There are also opportunities to become involved in patient support and nonprofit programs (e.g. Camp Discovery, Comfortable in Our Skin) or to develop your own medical student outreach projects with Dr. Lee under the auspices of the BUSM Creative Arts Society.
Michael Lichtman, MD Immunology, stem cells
Tania Phillips, MD Wound healing, the effect of wound dressings, bioengineered skin therapy
Byungwoo Ryu, PhD Melanoma, biomarkers, epigenetics
Debjani Sahni, MD Clinical research related to aspects of cutaneous oncology: malignant melanoma, cutaneous lymphoma, non-melanoma skin cancer.The research format encompasses epidemiological studies and clinicopathological studies.
Andrey Sharov, MD, PhD Epigenetics and cell growth
Tatyana Sharova, MD Immunohistochemistry and microscopy-based imaging techniques
Neelam Vashi, MD Ethnic skin and cosmetic dermatology
Tatyana Yufit, MD Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility for cell therapy