June 1, 2019

NIH-NIAMS P30 Award Supports UM Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center

Michigan Medicine’s Department of Dermatology is pleased to announce the establishment of the UM Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center (UM-SBDRC), supported by a P30 Center Grant of $780,000 per year in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). 

Michigan Medicine Medical Campus

In recent years, biomedical research has experienced a major shift toward using big data and data-driven strategies. However, many research groups struggle to translate the vast amount of information generated from such strategies into meaningful biological insights and clinically-relevant information. To assist this need, the UM-SBDRC will offer resources in genomic editing, systems biology and mouse modeling, with an integrated infrastructure to assist and improve the speed and efficiency of cutaneous research.

The UM-SBDRC will provide access to unique resources and expertise, not widely available to research groups in cutaneous biology; perform state-of-the-art genomic editing services and analyses to facilitate new discoveries; and will supply training and guidance on experimental design, utilization and analyses of mouse models and bioinformatics methods. Through the establishment of core resources strongly related to cutaneous immunology, the UM-SBDRC will support rapid transitions from discovery to function, address biological and disease contexts, and facilitate development of appropriate, state-of-the-art in silico and in vivo disease mouse models and also applicable for other areas.

The UM-SBDRC will be directed by Johann Gudjonsson, Arthur C. Curtis Professor of Skin Molecular Immunology and associate professor of dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School and by associate director, Andrzej Dlugosz, Poth Professor of Cutaneous Oncology, Associate Director for Basic Science Research, Rogel Cancer Center, Associate Chair for Dermatology Research and Professor, Department of Dermatology and Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, UM Medical School.