Thursday, February 29, 2024

2024 UM-SBDRC Annual Symposium

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

All interested in skin biology and diseases research are welcome to attend the University of Michigan Skin Biology & Diseases Resourced-based Center (UM-SBDRC) Annual Symposium on February 29, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time in person at BSRB Kahn Auditorium and on Zoom.

Thursday, February 29, 2024 | 8:00am - 12:00pm
Kahn Auditorium at the Biomedical Science Research Building

109 Zina Pitcher Pl., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Our event will be held at Kahn Auditorium at the Biomedical Science Research Building and will be streamed on Zoom. Please indicate on your registration if you would attend in-person or virtually on Zoom. Please direct any questions or concerns to Center Administrator, Carmel McKeon ([email protected]).

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

Keynote Address

“Immune Profiling for Precision Medicine of Inflammatory Skin Diseases”

Michel Gilliet, MD

Michel Gilliet, MD

Professor & Chair of Dermatology
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Michel Gilliet is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Dr. Gilliet's lab is focused on the understanding of mechanisms that initiate and maintain inflammation in the skin. Learn more about the Gilliet Lab, and explore publications from Dr. Gilliet on PubMed.


8:00am-8:05am - Welcome & Overview - Johann Gudjonsson. MD, PhD

Functional Analytics Core Research Updates & Initiatives

  • 8:05am-8:20am - Alex Tsoi, PhD & Rachael Bogle: "Bioinformatics on Spatial analysis capabilities: data and platforms"
  • 8:20am-8:35am - Mrinal Sarkar, PhD: "Overcoming Transfection Resistance: CRISPR's Path to Gene Editing Success"

Research Updates: UM-SBDRC Pilot Awards

  • 8:35am-8:45am - Olesya Plazyo, PhD: "VGLL3/ IL-7 axis in autoimmunity" 
  • 8:45am-8:55am - Tom Kerppola, PhD: "Stress and innate immunity – moderation of cytokine transcription by the multifunctional Keap1 protein"
  • 8:55am-9:05am - Claudia Loebel, MD, Ph. & Brendon Baker, PhD: “Lineage-specific ECM labeling in skin fibrosis models”
  • 9:05am-9:15am - Pilot Q&A

9:15-9:30am - Break 

  • 9:30am-9:45am - Pei-Suen (Eliza) Tsou, PhD: “Interplay between calcium signaling and mitochondrial oxidative stress in scleroderma fibrosis”
  • 9:45am-10:00 am - Andrzej Dlugosz, MD: “Animal Modeling Core: Advances in Fluorescent Cell Fate Tracking

10:00am-10:45am - Break - Beverages & Research Posters* in Second floor atrium (in-person only)

  • 10:50am-11:50am - Keynote Address | Michel Gilliet, MD: “Immune Profiling for Precision Medicine of Inflammatory Skin Diseases”

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

12 noon-1:00pm - Lunch by Katherines Catering will be served in the BSRB Seminar Rooms

Agenda is subject to change.

This event is open to the University of Michigan and skin research community.
This event is hosted by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, UM Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center, UM Medical School and Department of Dermatology, and is open to all with interest in skin biology and disease research.
Event Contact: Carmel McKeon, [email protected].

*Research Posters: To submit an abstract and reserve a place for an in-person poster presentation, please answer in the registration that you intend to submit. More details will be sent out to those who plan to submit posters. Posters will be judged by a team of faculty and gift certificates given out for one first place, second place(s), and third place(s). Additional information can be found on our Poster Presentations Guidelines page.