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.

Past Visiting Speakers

2021 Visiting Speakers

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"

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