Travel Awards Program

The Travel Awards Program helps offset costs to attend skin biology and diseases-related conferences, which provide early career scientists with an invaluable learning and training experience, as well as exposure to a breadth of current research in cutaneous biology and diseases.

Travel Awards will be available for the 2024 Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, May 15-18, 2024.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Applicants must be non-faculty trainees (post-doctoral fellow, resident, graduate student, trainee, etc.), who currently work in the laboratory of a SBDRC member at the University of Michigan. Applicants must have submitted an abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming meeting. Applicants chosen for oral presentation (session or e-poster) will be given preference.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the following information in a PDF to Carmel McKeon, UM-SBDRC Center Administrator at [email protected]

  • One paragraph that briefly describes the work they will be presenting at the meeting, including an explanation of why attendance at the meeting is important for their training.
  • Abstract of their presentation.
  • Confirmation of abstract acceptance.
  • Confirmation of meeting registration.
  • Budget request up to the cap of the award offered ($500) including costs of SID annual membership (which discounts the registration fee at this conference), registration fee, abstract fee, hotel costs.

DEADLINE

Application cycle will reopen in early 2024. Check back soon! 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Applicants chosen to receive a Travel Award are required to formally discuss the key presentations from the meeting that are relevant to their work and that of their coworkers at a lab meeting.

Travel Award Recipients

2023

  • Amanda Orosco, PhD Student, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, University of Michigan: “Towards a genetically- and phenotypically-relevant mouse model for Pachyonychia Congenit”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Pierre Coulombe, PhD: U-M Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Benjamin Klein, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), University of Michigan: “Mitochondrial Z-DNA as a new activator of UV-driven interferon responses in keratinocytes”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract:  J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology; Mary O'Riordan, PhD: U-M Microbiology and Immunology
  • Erez Cohen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan: “Alterations in keratin expression, cell identity and tissue homeostasis in skin diseases”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Pierre Coulombe, PhD: U-M Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Haihan Zhang, PhD Student, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan: “Multi-condition TWAS for inflammatory skin disorders highlights roles of genetic signals in cytokine-stimulated keratinocytes”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Matthew Patrick, MEng, PhD; Mrinal Sarkar, PhD; James Elder, MD, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD; Alex Tsoi, PhD: U-M Dermatology; Bethany Perez White, PhD: Northwestern Dermatology
  • Mitra Maz, MD/PhD Student, Medical Scientist Training Program (Internal Medicine/Rheumatology), University of Michigan Medical School: “Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals cellular drivers of UV-mediated skin injury in cutaneous lupus”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Mehrnaz Gharaee-Kermani, DVM, MPH, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
  • Uppala Ranjitha, PhD Student, Immunology Program Graduate Student, University of Michigan: “HERC6 is an Interferon induced E3 ubiquitin ligase that negatively regulates sex-specific STING-IRF3 responses through modulation of LATS2/VGLL3 Hippo signaling”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Mrinal Sarkar, PhD; Olesya Plazyo, PhD; Allison Billi, MD, PhD; Alex Tsoi, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
  • Suzanne Shoffner-Beck, MD/PhD Student, Medical Scientist Training Program (Biomedical Engineering), University of Michigan Medical School: “Lupus fibroblasts hyperrespond to inflammatory cytokines and upregulate pro-fibrotic collagens in patients with scarring skin lesions”
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their ISID abstract: Kelly Arnold, PhD: U-M Biomedical Engineering; Alex Tsoi, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology

2022

  • Qinmengge Li, PhD Student, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD; James T. Elder, MD, PhD; and Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology
  • Enze Xing, MD/PhD Student, Medical Student and Immunology Program Graduate Student, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
  • Yutein (Andy) Chung, PhD, NIH T32 Research Fellow, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; Bethany Perez White, PhD: Northwestern Dermatology
  • Haihan Zhang, PhD Student, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD and James T. Elder, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology
  • Zhaolin Zhang, PhD, Research Lab Specialist, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD and James T. Elder, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology
  • Joey Kirma, NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program Intern, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
  • Uppala Ranjitha, PhD Student, Immunology Program Graduate Student, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Alex Tsoi, PhD; Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD; Mrinal Sarkar, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
  • Elisabeth Pedersen, MD, PhD, House Officer and Resident Trainee on NIH T32, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Andrzej Dlugosz, MD; Marina Grachtchouk, PhD: U-M Dermatology; Paul Harms, MD, PhD: U-M Pathology
  • Grace Hile, MD, House Officer and Resident Trainee on NIH T32, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan
    • SBDRC members co-authoring their SID abstract: Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD: U-M Dermatology; J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD: U-M Internal Medicine/Rheumatology

Director

Gary J. Fisher, PhD

Gary J. Fisher, PhD

Director, UM-SBDRC Travel Awards Program