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List of Research Grant & Award Recipients (1996 - Present)

American Skin Association has supported the work of over 150 promising young scientists with the energy, drive and creativity to find new innovative ways to prevent, detect and treat skin cancer and disease. The following list includes the years for which grants were awarded, the grantees' names and affiliations, and the focus of their research.

Abby S. & Howard P. Milstein Innovation Award

2010-15 Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Melanoma
2009-12 Lynda Chin, MD University of Texas MD Anderson Center Melanoma
2008-11 Boris Bastian, MD University of California/San Francisco Melanoma

Research Scholar Awards

2014 Brian Capell, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2013-14 Anne Lynn Chang, MD Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Stanca Birlea, MD, PhD University of Colorado Denver Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders
2013-14 Hubing Shi, PhD University of California Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Botond Igyarto, PhD University of Minnesota Medical School Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Daniel Popkin, MD, PhD Case Western Reserve University Carson Research Scholar Award in Psoriasis
2014 Dawn Siegel, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Liang Liu, PhD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 William Swindell, PhD University of Michigan Health System, Department of Dermatology Carson Research Scholar Award in Psoriasis
2012 Raymond J. Cho, MD, PhD University of California, San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2012 Spiro Getsios, PhD Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2012 Kenneth Y. Tsai, MD, PhD University of Texas, MD Anderson Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2011-12 Andrew Johnston, PhD University of Michigan Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2011 Valentina Greco, PhD Yale Medical School Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2010 Rizwan Haq, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Stem Cell
2010-11 Roger S. Lo, MD, PhD University of California/Los Angeles Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2011 Susana Urda-Ortiz, MD, PhD University of California, San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2010 Kenneth Tsai, MD, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2009 Emily Bernstein, PhD Mount Sinai School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2008-09 Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD University of Michigan Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2008-09 Yu-Ying He, PhD University of Chicago Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2008-09 Jenny Kim, MD, PhD University of California/Los Angeles Acne Vulgaris
2007-08 Andrey Sharov, MD, PhD Boston University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2007 Luis Andres Garza, MD University of Pennsylvania Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2007 Laure Rittie, PhD University of Michigan Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2007 Nicole L. Ward, PhD Case Western Reserve University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2006-07 Deborah Lang, PhD University of Chicago Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2006 Andy Chien, MD, PhD University of Washington Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2006 Aimee Payne, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2005-06 David Owens, PhD Columbia University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2005 Neil F. Box, PhD Baylor College Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2005 Guanqun Li, MD Oregon Health & Science University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2004-05 Benjamin Yu, PhD University of California/San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2004 Andrew Engelhard, PhD Columbia University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2003 Rhoda M. Alani, MD Johns Hopkins University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2003 Suephy C. Chen, MD Emory University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2002 Michael Girardi, MD Yale University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2002 Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 Boris Bastian, MD University of California/San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 Reza Ghohestani, MD, PhD Thomas Jefferson University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2000 George Cotsarelis, MD University of Pennsylvania Melanoma & Skin Cancer
1999-00 Jack Arbiser, MD, PhD Emory University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
1998-99 Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD University of California, San Diego Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
1998 James M. Grichnik, MD, PhD Duke University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
1996-97 Angela M. Christiano, PhD Columbia University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
1996-97 Cheryl Ann Armstrong MD University of Arkansas Melanoma & Skin Cancer

National Research Service Awards
(A joint initiative with the National Institutes of Health)

2008-09 Rahat Azfar, MD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Diabetes
2008 Lisa Williams, MD University of Washington Foot Ulcers & Diabetes

Research Grants

2014 Jillian Richmond, PhD University of Massachusetts Medical School Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders
2013-14 Shadmehr Demehri, MD, PhD Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Megha Tollefson, MD Mayo Clinic Childhood Skin Diseases/ Disfigurement/Quality of Life
2013-14 Sylviane Lambert, PhD The Regents of the University of Michigan Psoriasis
2013 Sulochana Bhandarkar, MD Emory University School of Medicine Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders
2013 Jenny Kim, MD, PhD University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine Childhood Skin Diseases/ Disfigurement
2013 Javed Mohammed, PhD Regents of the University of Minnesota Autoimmune and Inflammatory Skin Diseases
2013 Annemieke de Jong, MD Columbia University Medical Center Psoriasis
2013 Randie Kim, MD, PhD New York University School of Medicine Psoriasis
2012 Lloyd S. Miller, MD, PhD University of California, Los Angeles Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2012 Jane Yoo, MD University of Washington, Seattle Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2012 Jennifer Y. Zhang, PhD Duke University Medical Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2011-12 Botond Z. Igyarto, PhD University of Minnesota Autoimmune & Inflammatory Skin diseases
2011 Keith A. Choate, MD, PhD Yale University School of Medicine Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2011 Delphine Lee, MD, PhD University of California, Los Angeles Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2011 Grace Ying Wang, PhD Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2010 Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD Yale University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2010 Katherine Puttgen, MD Johns Hopkins University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2010 Durga Udayakumar, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital/Wellman Center Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2010 Jonathan Zippin, MD, PhD Weill Cornell Medical Center Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2009 Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2009 Maranke I. Koster, PhD University of Colorado Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2009 Jennifer Y. Lin, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2009 Ye Qian, PhD University of North Carolina Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2009 Jay C. Vary, Jr., MD, PhD University of Washington Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2008 Ana Luisa Kadekaro, PhD University of Cincinnati Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2008 Pratima Karnik, PhD Case Western Reserve University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2008 Laura Y. McGirt, MD Johns Hopkins University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2008 Jane Yoo, MD University of Washington Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2007-08 Delphine Lee, MD, PhD University of California/Los Angeles Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2007 Andrew Blauvlet, MD Portland VA Medical Center Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2007 Liang Deng, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2007 Tatiana Efimova, PhD Washington University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2007 Deon Wolpowitz, MD, PhD Boston University School of Medicine Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2007 Benjamin Yu, PhD University of California/San Diego Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2006-07 Richard A. Spritz, MD University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2006 Oleg E. Akilov, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2006 Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD University of Michigan Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2006 Colin C. Jamora, PhD University of California/San Diego Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2006 Sergey Troyanovsky, PhD Washington University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2005 Roger S. Lo, MD, PhD UCLA Division of Dermatology Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2005 Andrey Panteleyev, PhD Columbia University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2005 Aimee Payne, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2005 Faith Strickland, PhD Henry Ford Health Systems Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2005 Suraj S. Venna, MD Boston University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2004 Mimi Cho, MD, PhD University of Minnesota Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2004 David Chu MD, PhD The Rockefeller University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2004 Beth A. Drolet, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2004 Brian Paul Pollock, MD, PhD Emory University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2003 Liang Deng, MD, PhD NY Presbyterian Hospital -WCMC Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2003 Clemens Esche, MD Johns Hopkins University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2003 Joel M. Gelfand, MD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2003 Gabriele Richard, MD Thomas Jefferson University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2003 Maria L. Wei, MD, PhD University of California/San Francisco Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2002 Vitali Alexeev, PhD Thomas Jefferson University Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2002 Jie Li, MD, PhD University of Miami School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2002 Susan A. Oliveria, ScD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2002 David Leslie O'Riordan, PhD Boston University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2002 David Polsky, MD NYU Medical Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 Michelle Aszterbaum, MD University of California/San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 David Jones, MD, PhD Brigham & Women's Hospital Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2001 My Mahoney, PhD Thomas Jefferson University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2001 Neelu Puri, PhD Boston University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 Robert Tackey, PhD Howard University Hospital Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2000 Andrew P. Kowalczyk, PhD Emory University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2000 Eve J. Lowenstein, MD, PhD SUNY Downstate Medical Center Vitiligo & Pigment Cell Disorders
2000 David Polsky, MD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2000 Gabriele Richard, MD Thomas Jefferson University Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement
2000 Animesh A. Sinha, MD, PhD Cornell University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases

Grants for Quality of Life Studies

2013 Esther Freeman, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Quality of Life Study
2012 Eleni Linos, MD University of California/San Francisco Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2011 Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2009-10 Jean Y. Tang, MD, PhD Stanford University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2008 Milan J. Anadkat, MD Washington University Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2007 Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH Harvard Medical School/Brig. & Women's Hospital Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2006 Kenneth A. Katz, MD, MSc University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2005 Christy M. Williams, MD Harvard Medical School-Boston University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2004 Joel M. Gelfand, MD University of Pennsylvania Psoriasis & Inflammatory Diseases
2003 Megan M. Moore, MD Harvard Medical School-Boston University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2002 Suephy C. Chen, MD Emory University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2001 Robert Kirsner, MD University of Miami Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2000 Sarah L. Chamlin, MD University of California/San Francisco Childhood Diseases & Disfigurement

Young Investigator Awards for Medical Students

2014 Brandon Adler Albert Einstein College of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Priyanka Chablani Ohio State University College of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Chen (Amy) Chen Harvard Medical School Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Joshua Clark University of Utah School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Jeffrey Cohen Brigham and Women's Hospital Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Alexander Fogel Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Alina Goldenberg University of San Diego School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 David Harker University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Yiannis Koullias Boston University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Matthew Mansh University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Kathleen McGuinn Thomas Jefferson University Medical College Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Ji Qi Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013-14 Nicholas Theodosakis Yale University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Shira Wieder Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Tarek Yamany Columbia University Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Betty Yang University of Utah School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2014 Sherry Yu Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Lori Fiessinger University Hospital at Case Medical Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Sara Harcharik Mount Sinai School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Rebecca Hartman, MD Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Mary Larijani Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Nayoung Lee Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Scott Lindsey Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Matthew Ning Vanderbilt University Medical Center Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Keith Roby University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2012-13 Eva Simanyi University of Alabama School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2013 Karen Yan Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma & Skin Cancer
2012 Joshua Farhadian New York University Melanoma
2012 Christina Gamba Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma
2012 Elisha Garg University of California, Los Angeles Melanoma
2012 Euphemia W. Mu Johns Hopkins University Melanoma
2012 Eva Simanyi University of Alabama Melanoma
2011 David Li-Kang Chen Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Melanoma
2011 Mitra Dowlatshahi Brigham and Women's Hosptial Melanoma
2010-11 Yevgeniya Dvorkin Case Western Reserve University Melanoma
2011 Teresa Fu Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma
2010 Mark Blaine Geyer Columbia University Medical Center Melanoma
2010 Elana Shpall Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute Melanoma
2010 Whitney Tolpiared Yale University Melanoma
2009-10 Matthew Goldberg Mount Sinai Medical School of Medicine Melanoma
2009 Sabina Bis New York University Melanoma
2009 Meaghan E. Daly Columbia University Melanoma
2009 William M. Lin Yale University School of Medicine Melanoma
2009 Ezra D. Mirvish University of Pittsburgh Melanoma
2008 Jeremy S. Fenton New York University Melanoma
2008 Danielle Levine Boston University Melanoma
2008 Kathryn O'Reilly New York University Melanoma
2008 Katherine Simon Columbia University Melanoma
2008 Grace Sun MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma
2007 Brijal Desai The Wistar Institute Melanoma
2007 Amena DeLuca Johns Hopkins University Melanoma
2007 Heidi Goodarzi University of California/San Diego Melanoma
2007 Sandra Y. Han New York University Melanoma
2006-07 Helen Liu Stanford University School of Medicine Melanoma
2006 Bernice Ng Yale University School of Medicine Melanoma
2006 Laura J. Novak Thomas Jefferson University Melanoma
2006 Kavitha Reddy Boston University Melanoma
2006 Jeanette Waller University of California/Irvine School of Medicine Melanoma
2005 Christine L. Curry Loyola University Melanoma
2005 David A. Lee Columbia University Melanoma
2005 Karla Munoz Brigham & Woman's Hospital Melanoma
2004 H.A. Brandling-Bennett, MD Boston University Melanoma