John O'Shea M.D.

Autoimmunity Branch

The branch investigates autoimmunity, a feature of rheumatic diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and dermatomyositis.
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Biodata Mining and Discovery Section

Led by Dr. Hong-Wei Sun, the Biodata Mining and Discovery Section facilitates biomedical research to support NIAMS IRP scientists and their discoveries.
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Clinical and Investigative Orthopedics Surgery Unit

Led by Dr. Timothy Bhattacharyya, the unit investigates orthopedic conditions, including femur fractures and hip infections, and related treatments.
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Clinical Research @ NIAMS

Based on Translational Research methods, NIAMS clinical trials give researchers a biological understanding of a disease that can inform their studies.
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Clinical Trials and Outcomes Branch

Led by Dr. Michael Ward, the branch investigates health outcomes in patients with SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and explores tools for measuring them.
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Community Research and Care

The Community Research and Care Branch is a site of supervised training for rheumatology fellows and permits the evaluation and treatment of subjects who are members of the minority community.  Our protocol aims to facilitate understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of rheumatic diseases in this community.  Patients are evaluated with a standard history and physical examination.

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Cutaneous Development and Carcinogenesis Section

The Cutaneous Development and Carcinogenesis Section studies the signaling pathways such as Hedgehog signaling that regulate the development and maintenance of normal skin, and the changes in these signals that occur during the formation of skin cancer. Our investigations include studying the specification and maintenance of cell lineages in the skin, as well as studying the regulation of stem cells in the skin, and using mouse genetics to model carcinogenesis in the skin.

Portrait of Keisuke Nagao.

Cutaneous Leukocyte Biology Section

Led by Keisuke (Chris) Nagao, the section investigates cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate immunological and structural homeostasis in the skin.
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Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section

The Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation section is focused on studying the skin microbiome in healthy individuals with the goal of expanding our understanding of host-microbe interactions. Previous work has investigated the diversity and distrubution of bacterial and fungal skin communities in healthy adults.

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Dermatology Branch

Led by Dr. Edward Cowen, M.D., the branch conducts both clinical and basic research studying the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory and malignant diseases involving the skin and the host's response to these diseases.
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Dermatology Consultation Service

Through the Dermatology Consultation Service at the NIH Clinical Center, patients with a variety of rare diseases with cutaneous manifestations are evaluated. In addition, patients who experience adverse reactions to experimental therapeutic agents or manifest unrelated skin conditions while at the NIH are evaluated and treated. Dermatology Branch clinical fellows, fellows from other NIH Institutes, and visiting dermatology residents from around the country receive training on the Dermatology consult service.

Flow Cytometry Section

The Flow Cytometry Section provides state-of-the-art multi-parameter cellular analysis and cell sorting for NIAMS researchers and investigators.

Genomic Technology Section

The mission of the Genomic Technology Section is to help NIAMS investigators solve highly diverse biological and biomedical research questions by providing a diverse portfolio of sequencing services as well as consultation and training for researchers with specific needs or challenging problems. The core is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility equipped with the latest DNA sequencing and library preparation technologies.

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Juvenile Arthritis Pathogenesis Unit

Led by Dr. Keith Sikora, the unit studies juvenile-onset spondyloarthritis, which often develops into AS, a form of inflammatory arthritis.

Laboratory Animal Care and Use Section

LACU provides animal care services to support NIAMS Intramural Research Program Branches and Laboratories that use animals in their research studies.
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Laboratory of Molecular Immunogenetics

Led by Dr. Rafael Casellas, the lab investigates immune cell processes, and how they impact autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases.
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Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation

Led by Dr. Vittorio Sartorelli, the lab studies mechanisms that regulate specification, differentiation, and regeneration of skeletal muscle cells.
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Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology

Dr. Martha Somerman leads studies of the molecular biology of dental-oral-craniofacial development, with a focus on the periodontal complex.
Maria I. Morasso, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Skin Biology

Led by Dr. Maria Morasso, the lab studies processes that lead to epidermal differentiation and barrier formation, and their role in skin disorders.
Paul Wingfield, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Structural Biology Research

The lab studies viruses, cytoskeletal filaments, and energy-dependent proteases to explain macromolecular complexes.
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Light Imaging Section

The NIAMS Light Imaging Section provides scientists light imaging tools, and training on analysis of images with techniques of light microscopy.
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Lupus Clinical Trials Unit

Led by Dr. Sarfaraz Hasni, the unit studies the natural history and pathogenesis of lupus and involved in designing and conducting early phase clinical trials.
John O'Shea M.D.

Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch

Led by Dr. John O’Shea, the branch investigates how T cells play a role in both immune defense and development of immune-mediated diseases.
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Muscle Disease Unit

Led by Dr. Andrew Mammen, the unit researches human muscle diseases, as well the basic biology of skeletal muscle regeneration.
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Muscle Energetics Laboratory

The focus of Dr. Glancy’s muscle energetics research program is to determine how mitochondria are optimized within muscle cells to help maintain energy homeostasis during the large change in energy demand caused by muscle contraction.
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Office of Science and Technology

The Office of Science and Technology (OST) is responsible for NIAMS Labs core facilities. It provides and develops new technologies, advises the Scientific Director, Lab and Branch Chiefs, and other key officials on science and technology. OST initiates collaborative, cooperative and service activities that facilitate the conduct of science and coordinates the core technological facilities of the Intramural Research Program.

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Pediatric Translational Research Branch

Led by Dr. Robert Colbert, the branch studies Spondyloarthritis, particularly early-onset Ankylosing Spondylitis and spinal development in children.
Paul Wingfield, Ph.D.

Protein Expression Laboratory

Led by Paul Wingfield, the lab supports NIH research projects by analyzing and providing HIV proteins to their researchers and scientists.
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Rheumatology Training Program

The Rheumatology Training Program strives to train the next generation of leaders and pathfinders in Rheumatology research.
Markus Hafner Ph.D.

RNA Molecular Biology Group

Led by Dr. Markus Hafner, the group studies the makeup of ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) involved in cellular RNA transport and control of RNA stability.
Pravitt Gourh

Scleroderma Genomics and Health Disparities Unit

Led by Dr. Pravitt Gourh, the unit is focused on enhancing our understanding of the genetic risk factors involved in scleroderma pathogenesis.
Mariana J. Kaplan M.D.

Systemic Autoimmunity Branch

Led by Dr. Mariana Kaplan, the branch studies autoimmune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, seeking treatments and improved outcomes.
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Translational Genetics and Genomics Unit

Led by Dr. Michael Ombrello, the unit uses genomic approaches to understand the underlying factors of autoinflammatory and rheumatic diseases.
Portrait of Massimo Gadina.

Translational Immunology Section

TIS provides NIAMS researchers cutting-edge immune monitoring technology as they strive to develop accurate and reproducible immune monitoring assays.
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Vasculitis Translational Research Program

Led by Dr. Peter Grayson, the program studies systemic vasculitis by evaluating patients with the disease through comprehensive research initiatives.