Dialog Box

Skin Health Institute

ASDR presenters

ASDR presenters


International speakers

prof Sheri Holmen

Prof Sheri Holmen earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Western Michigan University, followed by a PhD degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Minnesota). Her postdoctoral research was performed at the Van Andel Research Institute (Michigan). She has been directing her own research program for 18 years and is currently a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences. She is also Co-Director of the Melanoma Center at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her work has focused on deciphering the mechanisms that drive melanoma initiation, progression, and metastasis such that vulnerabilities can be identified and therapeutically exploited.

prof Florent Ginhoux

Prof Florent Ginhoux graduated in Biochemistry from the University Pierre et Marie CURIE, Paris VI and obtained a Masters degree in Advanced Studies in Immunology from the Pasteur Institute, Paris. He obtained his PhD in 2004 from the University Pierre et Marie CURIE, Paris VI.  As a postdoctoral fellow, he joined the Laboratory of Miriam Merad in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), New York where he studied the ontogeny and the homeostasis of cutaneous dendritic cell populations, with a strong focus on Langerhans cells and Microglia. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gene and Cell Medicine, MSSM and member of the Immunology Institute of MSSM. He joined the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR in May 2009 as a Principal Investigator. He joined the EMBO Young Investigator (YIP) program in 2013 and the GSK “Elion and Black Immunology Catalyst Sabbatical programme” in 2016. He is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher since 2016. He is also an Adjunct Visiting Associate Professor in the Shanghai Immunology Institute, Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai, China since 2015 as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Translational Immunology Institute, SingHealth and Duke NUS, Singapore since 2018. His laboratories are focusing on the ontogeny, differentiation of macrophages, monocytes and dendritic cells (mononuclear phagocyte system) and their functional heterogeneity.

Prof Caterina Missero

Prof Caterina Missero is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II. She trained at Yale University as a postdoc and subsequently at the Massachusetts General Hospital–Harvard Medical School as Research Scientist. In 2000, she joined the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM – Naples) as a Principal Investigator and devoted her studies to the transcriptional regulation in skin diseases. In 2006 she moved to CEINGE, where she is currently Principal Investigator. She has been board member of Italian Society of Molecular Biology (SIBBM) and of the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR). In addition, she is head of the facility of Advanced Light Microscopy at CEINGE.
Prof Missero is an expert in the molecular mechanisms required for gene expression in skin in health and disease, as testified by more than 60 original articles published in top international journals including Developmental Cell, PNAS, Nature Communication, J. Clinical Investigation, Genes & Development., EMBO Molecular Medicine, American J Human Genetics, J. Cell Biology, Genome Research. Her research has been funded by AIRC (Italian Association for Cancer Research), Telethon Foundation for rare diseases, and the European Community.

Prof Masayuki Amagai

Masayuki Amagai (MD, PhD) is Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Keio University School of Medicine (2005– , Dean, Keio University School of Medicine (2017–2021), and Vice President for Research, Keio University (2021–). He is also Team Leader, Laboratory for Skin Homeostasis, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (2013- ). He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Dermatology Branch, NCI, NIH with the guidance of Dr John R. Stanley (1989– 1992). Dr Amagai has served professional societies in leadership positions including as President of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (2012–14), and President of the Japanese Dermatological Association (2018–). He has also been serving a number of international journals, including as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation (2007–) and Section Editor for Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2002–2017). He is an International Member of the National Academy of Medicine USA (2016–) and a Council Member of the Science Council of Japan (2018–). Dr Amagai's clinical and research interests centre on autoimmune and allergic skin diseases, skin barrier, and skin immunology. Specifically, he has been studying the pathophysiological mechanisms of pemphigus, peripheral tolerance, the skin barrier homeostasis, and the impact of impaired skin barrier on the onset of atopic dermatitis and other allergic disorders.

Prof Manabu Ohyamai

Dr. Manabu Ohyama holds MD and PhD degrees from Keio University, Tokyo, and completed his dermatology residency at the Department of Dermatology, Keio University School of Medicine. He became a postdoctoral fellow at Dr Jonathan C. Vogel's laboratory at the Dermatology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA from 2002 to 2005, where he developed his interests in hair follicle/stem cell biology. Currently, he is a Professor and Chair at the Department of Dermatology, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Tokyo. His clinical interest is in hair loss disorders, especially quantitative histopathological dissection of their pathophysiology and has published many peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals. He holds multiple editorial board memberships including the Journal of Dermatology as Editor, British Journal of Dermatology as Specialist Associate Editor and Journal of Dermatological Science as Section Editor. He was awarded the William J. Cunliffe Scientific Award at the 15th annual meeting of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and JSID's fellowship Shiseido Award in 2008 and the Rhoto Skin Medical Research Award in 2010.

Prof Srikala Raghavan

Dr Srikala Raghavan joined the University of Cambridge for her PhD and did her postdoctoral training with Prof Elaine Fuchs at the University of Chicago and later at The Rockefeller University. In 2005, Srikala established her lab at Columbia University NY, at the College of Dental Medicine and Dept of Dermatology. In 2012, she was recruited to inStem Bangalore to establish the Centre for Inflammation and Tissue Homeostasis where she is an Associate Professor. In January 2020, Prof Raghavan started a joint appointment as a Principal Investigator at SRIS, A*STAR.

Prof Michel Gilliet

Prof Michel Gilliet MD is Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital CHUV in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his training in Dermatology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland and his research training in Immunology at the DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. In 2004, he was recruited to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, first as Assistant Professor, then as tenured Associate Professor with a clinical appointment in Dermatology, a translational research appointment in Melanoma Oncology, and a basic science appointment in Immunology. In 2010 he returned to Switzerland as Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology in Lausanne. His research has focused primarily on translational research studying immune responses in inflammatory skin diseases and melanoma. In particular, his lab has discovered mechanisms how dendritic cells initiate and drive inflammation in the skin based the complex formation of DNA with antimicrobial peptides. These studies provided a paradigm shift in the understanding how inflammation is regulated in wounded skin and inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and lupus erythematosus. Dr Gilliet has also been involved in the initial discovery of TSLP and its role in driving allergic inflammation in atopic dermatitis. These studies have resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including papers published in Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature. Dr. Gilliet has served as Secretary Treasurer (2016–17) and President (2018) of the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR) and is honorary member of several international associations including Austria, France and Japan. In 2016, he has received the Cloetta Prize, the most prestigious award for medical research in Switzerland.

Prof Kaisa Tasanen

Prof Kaisa Tasanen is Professor of Dermatology and Leader of the PEDEGO Research Unit at the University of Oulu and Chair of Dermatology at the Oulu University Hospital, Finland. She received her medical degree, PhD and clinical training in dermatology at the University of Oulu. She has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Münster and the University of Freiburg funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is a previous Vice-Dean of the University of Oulu Graduate School and the President of the Finnish Dermatological Society. She is currently a board member of the European Society of Dermatological Research, European Dermatology Forum and Nordic Dermatology Society, delegate in the UEMS Section and Board of Dermatology and Venereology, and the co-editor of Acta Dermato-Venereologica. Her research interests include the biology and pathology of cutaneous connective tissue with the focus on the molecular mechanisms and pathogenesis of blistering skin diseases, especially bullous pemphigoid. The projects of her research group have combined several approaches including epidemiological and genetic studies, and clinical, translational and experimental research.