Thursday, March 3, 2022

2022 UM-SBDRC Annual Symposium

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 8:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual Event on Zoom presented from Danto Auditorium

All are welcome to attend this Symposium on Zoom. The University is restricting the number who can attend in-person at Danto Auditorium. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to attend in-person or virtual on Zoom and we will accommodate as many in-person as we can. No food or beverages will be allowed in Danto Auditorium and masks will be required. Please direct any questions or concerns to Center Administrator, Carmel McKeon ([email protected]).

Poster Presentations

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


Keynote Speaker

Robert L. Modlin, M.D

Robert L. Modlin, M.D.

"Acne: A Disease of Lipid Metabolism"

Dr. Robert Modlin is the Klein Professor of Dermatology in the Division of Dermatology, and Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Modlin’s lab is interested in the immunology of microbial infection, and focuses on is the identification of novel mechanisms by which the innate and adaptive immune system combat microbial pathogens. Learn more about the Robert Modlin Lab.



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

Research Updates: UM-SBDRC Pilot awards

8:20-8:30am: Mrinal Sarkar, Ph.D.: "Role of each member of the IL-36 cytokines in keratinocyte immune responses"

8:30-8:40am: Carole Parent, Ph.D. & Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D.: "Live imaging of neutrophil infiltration in stressed skin in real time in vivo"

8:40-8:50am: Gary Fisher, Ph.D. & Taihao Quan, M.D., Ph.D.: "The Role YAP/TAZ in Dermal Extracellular Matrix Homeostatus and Aging"

8:50-9:00am: Gargi Ghosh, Ph.D.:"Multi-functional hybrid hydrogel for wound healing"

9:00-9:10am: Olesya Plazyo, Ph.D. & Allison Billi, M.D., Ph.D.:“VGLL3-driven mechanism of sexual dimorphism in immune responses"

9:10-9:20am: James Elder, M.D., Ph.D.: "Single-Cell RNA-Seq analysis of the effect of NETs in TH17 polarization”

Research Updates: UM-SBDRC Innovation awards

9:20-9:25am: Zhaolin Zhang, Ph.D.: & James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D.:"Increased expression of AP-1 transcription factors and increased chromatin accessibility of their binding sites after CD3/CD28 activation of human memory T-cells”

9:25-9:30am: Matthew Patrick, Ph.D. & Lam C. Tsoi, Ph.D.: "Nascent RNA profiling to understand early inflammatory response in keratinocytes"

Present & Future Research

9:30-9:35am: Sunny Wong, Ph.D.: "A new mouse model of basal cell carcinoma to investigate novel therapies."

9:35-9:45am: Grace Hile, M.D.: "Hippo signaling in in keratinocytes"   

9:45-10:45am: Break & Poster Viewing (on Zoom)

10:45-11:45am: Keynote Address

Robert L. Modlin, M.D., Klein Professor of Dermatology in the Division of Dermatology, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles:"Acne: a disease of lipid metabolism"

11:45-11:55am: Alex Tsoi, Ph.D. and Rachael Wasikowski: “UM-SBDRC Genomic Database Demonstration”

11:55am-12noon: Closing Remarks & Poster Awards

This event is open to the University of Michigan and skin research community.

This 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.