Dr. Kaplan’s research focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms that promote the initiation and perpetuation of perturbed immune responses and the development of organ damage and premature vascular disease in systemic autoimmunity.
Dr. Yongquan Luo is a biologist in the Pediatric Translational Research Branch. He is pursuing studies of mutation of gene WHAMM on pathogenesis in Axial spondyloarthritis using patient derived hiPSCs and CRISPR/Cas9 technologies.
What is pemphigus? Pemphigus is a rare disease that causes blistering on many parts of the body, including the skin and the inside of the mouth, nose, throat, eyes, and genitals. In pemphigus, the immune system mistakenly attacks cells in the top layer of the skin.
¿Qué es el pénfigo? El pénfigo es una enfermedad poco frecuente que causa ampollas en muchas partes del cuerpo, incluida la piel y el interior de la boca, la nariz, la garganta, los ojos y los genitales. En el pénfigo, el sistema inmunitario ataca por error las células de la capa superior de la piel.
Led by Dr. Michael Ombrello, the unit uses genomic approaches to understand the underlying factors of autoinflammatory and rheumatic diseases.
A type of skin cell called a dermal fibroblast can make an antimicrobial compound called cathelicidin in response to infection by acne-causing bacteria.
Human skin is home to diverse ecosystems including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These microbial communities comprise hundreds of species and are collectively known as the skin microbiome.