Thursday, March 4, 2021

2021 UM-SBDRC Virtual Annual Symposium

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Thursday, March 4, 2021
8:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual event on Zoom

Poster Presentations

If you are interested in sharing your research at our virtual annual symposium, please read the Poster Presentation Guidelines.

Keynote Speaker

Richard Gallo, MD, PhD

"Lessons From the Skin Microbiome in Innate Immunity and Human Disease"

World renowned medical scientist, Dr. Gallo is the Irma Gigli Distinguished Professor & Chairman of the Dermatology Department at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine where his research specializes in the fields of human immunology, skin biology and the microbiome. Learn more about the Gallo Lab.


8:00 - 8:20 am - Welcome & UM-SBDRC Overview


8:20 – 8:30 am - Single-Cell RNA-Seq analysis of the effect of NETs in TH17 polarization - James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

8:30 – 8:40 am - Dissecting the role of CD13/Aminopeptidase N in scleroderma pathogenesis - Eliza Pei-Suen Tsou, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); David A. Fox, M.D. (Co-Investigator); Dinesh Khanna, M.B.B.S. (Co-Investigator); M. Asif Amin, M.B.B.S. (Co-Investigator)

8:40 - 8:50 am - Elucidating the cellular and molecular role of PIXT1 in skin inflammation and UVB-mediated keratinocyte apoptosis - Michelle Kahlenberg, M.D., Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

8:50 - 9:00 am - Role of each member of the IL-36 cytokines in keratinocyte immune responses - Mrinal K. Sarkar, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) 

9:00 - 9:10 am - Live imaging of neutrophil infiltration in stressed skin in real time in vivo - Carole Parent, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D. (Co-Investigator)

 9:10 - 9:20 am - Investigating the role of VGLL3 in antiviral immune responses - Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); Olesya Plazyo, Ph.D. (Post Doctorate Co-Investigator)

 9:20 - 9:30 am - The role of Yap/Taz in dermal extracellular matrix homeostasis and aging - Gary Fisher, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); Taihao Quan, M.D., Ph.D. (Co-Investigator)


9:30 - 9:35 am - Transcriptomic profiling for nascent RNA to identify distinct mediators of early inflammatory response in keratinocytes - Matthew T. Patrick, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); Lam C. Tsoi, Ph.D. (Co-Investigator)

9:35 - 9:40 am - Prediction of regulatory elements related to Th17 differentiation in skin-homing T Cells - James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D. (Principal Investigator); Zhaolin Zhang, Ph.D. (Post Doctorate Co-Investigator) 

9:40 - 9:45 am - Targeting CD200 in a Mouse Model of Basal Cell Carcinoma - Sunny Wong, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

9:45 - 10:45 am - Break & Poster Viewing/Nominations 

10:45 - 11:45 am - Keynote Address:

Lessons from the Skin Microbiome in Innate Immunity and Human Disease

Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D., Professor & Chairman of the Dermatology Department, University of California San Diego School of Medicine 

11:45 – 11:50 am - Present & Future Collaborations

11:50 - 12 noon - Closing Remarks & Poster Awards

This event is open to the University of Michigan and skin research community. If you are interested in attending this virtual symposium, email Carmel McKeon at [email protected].

This free Annual Symposium is hosted by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the UM Medical School and the UM Department of Dermatology.


2021 UM SBDRC Annual Symposium Program