About the Labs

The NIAMS intramural research program (IRP) conducts innovative basic, translational, and clinical research in a number of research areas. The world-class investigators, staff and trainees in the IRP work to gain new insights into the normal function of the immune system, bones, joints, muscles, and skin, and the diseases that affect them, and translate these insights into novel diagnostic tools and treatments. The IRP is supported by cutting-edge core facilities and interacts with the other intramural programs at the NIH, one of the premier sites in the world where biomedical research and clinical investigation are combined on one campus.

Training the next generation of researchers and clinical investigators in our areas of interest, including rheumatologists, dermatologists, and orthopaedic surgeons, is a major focus of the IRP, with training positions at many levels. We invite you to explore this site and learn about our research labs, clinical trials and training programs.

John O’Shea, M.D., Scientific Director
Robert A. Colbert, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director

Research Areas

Autoimmunity Branch

John O’Shea, M.D.

Biodata Mining and Discovery Section

Hong-Wei Sun, Ph.D.

Clinical Research @ NIAMS

Robert A. Colbert, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Trials and Outcomes Branch

Michael Ward, M.D., M.P.H.

Community Research and Care

James D. Katz, M.D.

Cutaneous Leukocyte Biology Section

Keisuke (Chris) Nagao, M.D., Ph.D.

Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section

Heidi H. Kong, M.D., M.H.Sc

Dermatology Branch

Edward W. Cowen, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Dermatology Consultation Service

Edward W. Cowen, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Flow Cytometry Section

James Simone

Genomic Technology Section

Stefania Dell'Orso, Ph.D.

Juvenile Arthritis Pathogenesis Unit

Keith A. Sikora, M.D.

Laboratory Animal Care and Use Section

Crystal Brobst-Wormell, D.V.M.

Laboratory of Molecular Immunogenetics

Rafael C. Casellas, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology

Martha Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Laboratory of Skin Biology

Maria I. Morasso, Ph.D.

Light Imaging Section

Davide Randazzo, Ph.D.

Lupus Clinical Trials Unit

Sarfaraz Hasni, M.D.

Muscle Disease Unit

Andrew Mammen, M.D., Ph.D.

Muscle Energetics Laboratory

Brian Glancy, Ph.D.

Office of Science and Technology

Massimo Gadina, Ph.D.

Pediatric Translational Research Branch

Robert A. Colbert, M.D., Ph.D.

Protein Expression Laboratory

Paul Wingfield, Ph.D.

Rheumatology Training Program

James D. Katz, M.D.

RNA Molecular Biology Group

Markus Hafner, Ph.D.

Systemic Autoimmunity Branch

Mariana J. Kaplan, M.D.

Translational Genetics and Genomics Unit

Michael J. Ombrello, M.D.

Translational Immunology Section

Massimo Gadina, Ph.D.

Vasculitis Translational Research Program

Peter Grayson, M.D., M.Sc.


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Clinical Trials at NIAMS

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Career Development at NIAMS

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Core Facilities

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Last Updated: September 2020