Visiting Speaker Series

The UM Skin Biology and Disease Resource-based Center regularly hosts outstanding skin-oriented researchers for its Visiting Speaker Series. Directed by Dr. Sunny Wong, the goals of this series are to:

  • promote innovative thinking and new ideas among Center members and attendees,
  • encourage interaction between among Center members, and
  • inspire new collaborations.

Recommendations for speakers are solicited annually from Center members, with final selections made by the Operations/Executive Committee. Invited speakers will be engaged in outstanding cutaneous research, developing novel technology or developing other approaches of interest to Center members.

March 4, 2021 - 2021 Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker
Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine: "Lessons From the Skin Microbiome in Innate Immunity and Human Disease"

March 18, 2021
Feiyang Ma, Ph.D., Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles: “Single Cell and Spatial Transcriptomics Defines the Cellular Architecture of the Antimicrobial Response Network in Human Leprosy Granulomas”

April 1, 2021
Lindsey Seldin, Ph.D., Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: "Impact of DNA Damage on Epidermal Homeostasis and Stem Cell Fate" 

August 26, 2021
Masanori Matsumoto, Ph.D., Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School: "Sensing and Reacting to Staphylococcus Aureus in the Skin"

October 28, 2021
Pantelis Rompolas, Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine: "Heterogeneity and Regulation of Stem Cells in Stratified Epithelia"

November 4, 2021
Terry Lechler, Ph.D., Departments of Dermatology and Cell Biology, Duke University School of Medicine: "Epithelial Morphogenesis and Differentiation"

December 16, 2021
Vicky Werth, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: "Dermatomyositis: New Insights into Disease Mechanisms"

Past Visiting Speakers

2020 Visiting Speakers

February 20, 2020
Luis Garza, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: “Appendage Regeneration”

March 2, 2020 - 2020 Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker
Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine: "Immune Regulation in Skin"

October 29, 2020
Bethany Perez White, Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine: "Checks and Balances: Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling Networks Ensure Epidermal Homeostasis"

November 12, 2020
Lynn Petukhova, Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Columbia University: "Leveraging biomedical data resources to improve our understanding of hidradenitis suppurativa"

December 17, 2020
Xiaomin Bao, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University: "Transcriptional regulation of human epidermal tissue regeneration”


Sunny Wong, PhD

Sunny Wong, PhD

Director, UM-SBDRC Speaker Series