"In The Spotlight" Archive


"Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?"
Howard Chang, MD, PhD
Stanford Dermatology faculty member,
Howard Chang, M.D., Ph.D.,  uncovers hidden information in the human genome--story in New York Times magazine
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Ultraviolet Light-induced Mutation
Drives Many Skin Cancers
Carolyn Lee, MD, PhD

According to Stanford researcher, an ultraviolet (UV) light-induced genetic mutation is the probable culprit fueling countless human skin cancers.

Paul Khavari, MD, PhD, the Carl J. Herzog Professor of Dermatology and Carolyn Lee, MD, PhD, the lead author of the study published in Nature Genetics, were in the midst of investigating the genetic causes of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, when they identified the unique mutation.
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Three teams headed by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine recently received $51.7 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to develop
FDA-approved therapies within the next four years.

The team headed by Alfred Lane, MD, professor of dermatology will receive $11.7 million to use stem cell therapy to treat epidermolysis bullosa or EB, a devastating genetic skin condition. The international group also includes Stanford stem cell expert Marius Wernig, MD, as well as Stanford researchers Paul Khavari, MD, PhD, Peter Marinkovich, MD, Howard Chang, MD, PhD, Anthony Oro, MD, PhD, and
Seung Kim, MD.
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Howard Chang
Howard Chang, MD, PhD.
associate professor of dermatology and a member of Stanford's Cancer Center on his latest research...
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Cutaneous lymphoma group

Youn Kim, MD, (second from left, front row)
professor of dermatology, has been appointed as the first recipient
of the Joanne and Peter Haas Jr. Professorship for Cutaneous Lymphoma Research...
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Illustration by Christoph Niemann

Stanford research discovers that specialized skin cells use a mapping system to identify where they belong in the body. John Rinn, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Howard Chang, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology, speaks on their research... More »


Alfred Lane, MD
Alfred Lane, M.D., Chair of the Stanford Department of Dermatology, talks about the department's success..More »


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