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 interactions among Center members, and
  • 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.

Visiting Speakers

2024 Visiting Speakers

January 25, 2024: Tiffany Scharschmidt, M.D., Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. "Living at Peace with our Skin Bacteria: Early Life Lessons"

February 8, 2024: Tudorita (Doina) Tumbar, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University. "Epithelial Stem Cells in Action: Cell Intrinsic and Niche Related Mechanisms"

February 29, 2024: Michel Gilliet, M.D., Professor & Chair of Dermatology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland “Immune Profiling for Precision Medicine of Inflammatory Skin Diseases” Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker:

April 25, 2024: Sangbum Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), and Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University. "Capturing Cellular Dynamics During Wound Repair in Live Mice"

May 9, 2024: Noah Hornick, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University: "Disentangling Cutaneous irAE from their Namesake Dermatoses"

2023 Visiting Speakers

January 26, 2023: Emily Bernstein, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Oncological Sciences and Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai “Remodeling Chromatin in Cancer"

February 2, 2023: Nicole Ward, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, "Mouse models of skin disease in 2040: is there a future?"

March 2, 2023 Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth A. Grice, Ph.D., Sandra J. Lazarus Associate Professor in Dermatology, and Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.“Skin Microbiome: Risk and Reward for Barrier Integrity and Repair”

November 16 2023: Sonya Wolf-Fortune, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Molecular & Integrative Physiology (Katherine Gallagher Lab), University of Michigan Medical School. "Epigenetic Regulation in Chronic Skin Inflammatory Conditions"

December 14, 2023: Cristina de Guzman Strong, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Health. "Understanding Human Skin Barrier Evolution and Health Disparities using Multi-Omics" 

2022 Visiting Speakers

March 3, 2022 Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker: Robert L. Modlin, M.D. Klein Professor of Dermatology, Division of Dermatology, and Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.“Acne: A Disease of Lipid Metabolism.” 

September 8, 2022: Scott Atwood, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California Irvine, "Defining epithelial development and dysfunction"

September 20, 2022: Brian C. Capell, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, "Chromatin at the Nexus of Epithelial Development, Differentiation, and Cancer"

November 10, 2022: Cory Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Dermatology University of Washington, "Illuminating Organelle Dynamics in Epidermal Differentiation and Disease"

December 15, 2022: Colin Jamora Ph.D., Centre for Inflammation and Tissue Homeostasis Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine Bangalore, India "The Matricellular Protein Mindin Drives Fibrogenesis in a Mouse Model of Scleroderma"

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