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UCLA Dermatology Scientist Training Program
Deadline: June 01, 2017 05:00 PM



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UCLA T32 Dermatology Scientist Training Program
Call for Applications from the UCLA Department of Medicine's Division of Dermatology


The NIAMS-funded UCLA T32 Dermatology Scientist Training Program (DermSTP) provides an environment that facilitates the recruitment, training, and career development of outstanding predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, ensuring their successful development and pursuit of career paths toward scientific independence in investigative dermatology. In bringing together basic and translational scientist-mentors and trainees who share a common interest in skin biology and its potential for understanding general disease mechanisms, the program is designed to fill a critical need for research on a diverse range of issues pertaining to skin biology with emphasis on the immunobiology of the skin, both in health and disease. Skin diseases are a substantial health and economic burden worldwide. The study of skin diseases provides a unique opportunity to investigate molecular mechanisms at the site of disease, as the skin is readily accessible for sampling. Infections of the skin, such as multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus, can develop into life-threatening illnesses, thus underscoring the need to better understand skin immune responses to pathogens. Investigation of the skin microbiome, both commensals and pathogens, has provided new insight into skin biology. Similarly, advances in systems biology, high throughput sequencing, stem cell biology, metabolomics, and cancer provide new opportunities to determine the basis of many skin diseases. 

The planned curriculum and mentored, hands-on research opportunities of the program interweave the expertise and experience of a high-quality interdisciplinary research faculty who are committed to a collaborative team-science approach to the immunologic, molecular, and cellular biology of skin disease with the goal of identifying new targets for disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Together, the program faculty develop and provide the support infrastructure and operations governance needed to facilitate the creation and maintenance of novel interdisciplinary research pathways, teams, and networks. 

The DermSTP recruits predoctoral candidates exclusively from the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP: http://mstp.healthsciences.ucla.edu/), in order to attract medical students at an early stage of their career, as well as postdoctoral fellows with MD- PhD, MD, or PhD degrees. Trainees are selected based on their demonstration of an outstanding research plan in skin biology and a commitment to a career in investigative dermatology.

Candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and/or individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please contact: Jennifer Serpas, JSerpas@mednet.ucla.edu

Program Director: Robert Modlin, MD
Program Co-Director: William Lowry, PhD
Program Administrator: Jennifer Serpas 

Start date: July 1, 2017 


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