Dr. Susana Serrate- Sztein is responsible for the Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. She oversees a large portfolio of grants and contracts dealing with etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin and rheumatic diseases. In addition, she directs the Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program.
Between 1990 and 1993, Dr. Sztein was Chief, Autoimmunity Section, Division of Allergy Immunology and Transplantation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where she managed a scientific portfolio dealing with basic and translational research on immune mediated diseases.
Before joining the NIH, Dr. Sztein was Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda Maryland where she worked on cytokine regulation of cell mediated immure responses. She received postdoctoral training at the laboratory of Immunodiagnosis, National Cancer Institute where she worked on natural killer cell activity against breast tumors in mice. Her clinical training is on anatomic and clinical pathology.
Dr. Sztein is a graduate of Buenos Aires University School of Medicine.
The Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases promotes and supports basic, translational and clinical studies of skin, wound healing, skin disorders, as well as adult and pediatric rheumatic diseases. Approaches supported may include, but are not limited to, molecular and cell biology research, animal model construction, genetics and genomics research, identification of risk factors, autoimmunity and inflammation research, biopsychosocial/behavioral research, outcomes and health services research, and research leading to prevention, diagnosis, control and cure of these disorders.
Research areas supported through the Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases include:
- Systemic Autoimmune Diseases Biology Program
- Rheumatic Diseases Genetics and Translational Research Program
- Arthritis Biology Program
- Rheumatic Diseases Clinical Program
- Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program (includes PROMIS, FMS)
- Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Biology and Diseases Program
- Keratinocyte Biology and Diseases Program
- Immunobiology and Immune Diseases of Skin Program
- Skin Repair, Regeneration and Pigmentation