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Angela Christiano, PhD, FACMG
Professor of Dermatology
Columbia University

"Genetics, Immunology and Targeted Therapies for Alopecia Areata"
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Speaker Bio

Dr. Angela Christiano is the Richard and Mildred Rhodebeck Professor of Dermatology. She is also Director of the Basic Science Research Group of Dermatology at CUMC. Dr. Christiano's major focus of research is the study of inherited skin and hair disorders in humans, through a classical genetic approach including identification and phenotyping of disease families, genetic linkage, gene discovery and mutation analysis, and most recently, functional studies relating these findings to basic questions in epidermal biology. Molecular aspects of the cutaneous basement membrane zone, adhesion junctions including hemidesmosomes and desmosomes, and epidermal appendages such as hair and teeth are major basic science interests in her laboratory. A long-range goal of the research is to develop rationally designed genetic therapies for skin and hair diseases through understanding the underlying pathogenetic mechanisms. Dr. Christiano earned a Master of Science in Molecular Pathology in 1990, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics in 1991, both at Rutgers University. From 1991-1992 she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Dermatology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Her research interests include inherited skin and hair disorders and stem cells.


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