The Department of Dermatology’s 19th Annual Research Day was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 with 50 total faculty, staff, residents, students and researchers attending (either in person or virtually). The event was organized by Drs. Kimberly Bohjanen, Maria Hordinsky, Javed Shaik, Eamonn Maher, and Department Administrator Joshua Hill. Research day featured guest, faculty, and trainee presenters. Our guest speakers were:


  • David Bernlorh, Ph.D. Distinguished McKnight Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics - University of Minnesota, “Adipose Biology Getting Under Your Skin”

  • Kavita Sarin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Dermatology - Stanford University, “Chinks in our armor: unraveling cancer susceptibility”

Faculty speakers were:

  • Noah Goldfarb, MD, Associate Professor, “Updates on HS Clinical Trials at UMN”
  • Ronda Farah, MD, Associate Professor, “Exosomes - the truth of the matter”
  • Mei Bigliardi-Qi, PhD, Associate Professor, “The Opioid Receptor Influences Circadian Rhythms inHuman Keratinocytes through the β-arrestin Pathway”

Presentations by trainees are a highlight of Research Day. This year, 27 outstanding poster abstracts were submitted and judged by an expert panel. A virtual abstract session was held on Friday, February 23rd. Congratulations to the 4 recipients of the abstract awards, who also shared their work on Research Day.

Most Outstanding Research Contribution Award Recipient:

  • Sydney Lo, BA, (co-authors: Gopalakrishnan Venkatesan, Elena Bigliardi, Malina Peterson, Irmina Wallander, BA, Landen Sanderson, Mei Bigliardi-Qi, PhD, Thomas Dawson Jr, Giorgia Pastorin, Paul Bigliardi, MD) P0300 Prospective Cohort Study: Hexyl-2,5-diaminobenzoate is a Hypoallergenic Alternative for Patients with Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Para-Phenylenediamine

Excellence in Research Award Recipients

  • Zachary Wendland, MD, MPH (co-authors: Craig Teerlink, PhD, Sydney Lo, BA, Catherine Tcheandjieu, PhD, Scott Damrauer, MD, Philip S. Tsao, PhD, Kyong-Mi Chang, MD, Julie Lynch, PhD, MBA, RN, Noah Goldfarb, MD) Exploring the genomic landscape of hidradenitis suppurativa: A comprehensive genome-wide association study from the VA’s Million Veteran Program
  • Sara Bohjanen, MS3 (co-authors: Brian McAdams, PhD, Nasia Mead, Adam Loavenbruck, MD, MS, George Wilcox, PhD, Briana Paiewonsky, Maria Hordinsky, MD) The effect of 6% topical gabapentin on symptomatic cicatricial alopecia and cutaneous innervation
  • Mattea Johnson, BS (co-authors: Kristina Gorbatenko-Roth, PhD, LP, Sarah Wood, PhD, Irmina Wallander, BA, Jaime Nugent, BS, Maria Hordinsky, MD) Further Validation of the Scale of Alopecia Areata Distress (SAAD-41)