Department of Dermatology’s 16th Annual Research Day

The Department of Dermatology’s 16th Annual Research Day was held virtually on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, with 50 faculty, staff, residents, students and researchers attending. Our guest speakers were Esther Freeman, MD, PhD from the Dermatology Department at Harvard and Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD from the University of Minnesota Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics.
There were 27 abstracts submitted for judging by an expert panel of judges. Awards were given for the Most Outstanding Research Contribution and three additional excellent abstracts.
Congratulations to the following speakers:
Jenna Ruggiero, MS3, received the Most Outstanding Research Contribution award for her abstract “Cutaneous Findings, Skin Cancer and Sun Protection Practices in Fanconi Anemia."
The other top abstracts selected for presentation were:
West Mori, MD, Dermatology Resident - Sexual Orientation Diversity and Specialty Choice Among Graduating Medical Students Pursuing Dermatology
Cynthia Nicholson, MD, Peds Derm Fellow - Infantile Hemangiomas of the Upper Lip and Philtrum with Associated Cleft Lip and/or Palate
James Gao MD, Dermatology Resident - Sex, Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Orientation Diversity and Career Goals Among Graduating Medical Students Pursuing Dermatology
Five of our research faculty also presented their research:
Mei Bigliardi-Qi, PhD, Associate Professor - Mechanic Study & Application for Human Skin Circadian Rhythms
Ian Maher, MD, Professor - Standardization and Measurement of Outcomes in Dermatologic Surgery Ronda Farah, MD, Assistant Professor - Review of Cosmetic and Hair Loss: Clinical and Basic Science Research
David Pearson, MD, Assistant Professor - Measuring Ultraviolet and Visible Light with a Novel 3D-printed Photodiode
Javed Shaik, PhD, Assistant Professor - Comparing Expression of Growth Factors in Platelets within Platelet-Rich Plasma with Normal and Cancerous Cells
We are holding our poster session on May 12th from 12:30-1:30 pm and look forward to seeing you there!

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