Confirmed: The 2023 Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin will be hosted in-person.



2022 Speaker List:

Niroshana Anandasabapathy, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of DermatologyWeill Cornell Medical College“Cancer immune surveillance in tissues: where it begins and ends”
Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.Director NIAID Microbiome program

Co-Director NIH Center for Human Immunology

National institutes of Health / NIAID“Multikingdom control of skin immunity”
Isaac Chiu, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Microbiology and ImmunobiologyHarvard University“Microbes and nerves: S. aureus driven itch and skin damage”
Raymond Cho, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of DermatologyUniversity of California, San Francisco“Single-cell interrogation of inflammatory skin disease”
Ricardo Cibotti, Ph.D.Program Director, Skin Immunology and Diseases, Skin Microbiome ProgramNIAMS / NIH“Funding Forum: Emerging challenges and opportunities”
Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D.Irma Gigli Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Department of Dermatology
University of California, San Diego“Pathogen response in the skin”
Michel Gilliet, M.D.Chair of DermatologyUniversity Hospital CHUV in Lausanne, Switzerland“Targeting immune pathways in inflammatory diseases”
Teri Greiling, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor of DermatologyOHSU“Lupus and the microbiota”
Annemieke de Jong, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of DermatologyColumbia University“Recognition of bacterial lipids by human T cells through CD1a”
Daniel Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.Professor of Dermatology, ImmunologyUniversity of Pittsburgh“Cutaneous neurons modulating immune responses”
Brian Kim, M.D.Professor of DermatologyMount Sinai“Neuroimmune Regulation of Itch”
Eynav Klechevsky, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Pathology & ImmunologyWashington University in St. Louis“Regulation and dysregulation of Immune Responses by human skin dendritic cell subsets”
Heidi Kong, M.D., M.H.Sc.Head, Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section

Investigator, Dermatology Branch

NIH / NIAMS“The Microbiome in Human Skin Disease”
Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D.Chair, Department of Dermatology, OHSU

Director, Melanoma Program, Knight Cancer Institute

OHSUIntroductory remarks, and co-director
Laura Mackay, Ph.D.Laboratory Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)The University of Melbourne, AustraliaKeynote: “Local Immune Protection by CD8+ Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells”
Robert L. Modlin, M.D.Klein Professor, Dermatology; Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Los Angeles, California“Linking immune responses and lipid metabolism to antimicrobial responses in skin”
Keisuke (Chris) Nagao, M.D., Ph.D.Stadtman Investigator

Cutaneous Leukocyte Biology Section

NIH / NIAMS“Intersection of tissue, immunity and the microbiota in skin”
Shruti Naik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pathology, DermatologyNew York University School of Medicine“Immune-epithelial crosstalk in skin inflammation and repair”

Tiffany Scharschmidt, M.D.

Associate Professor, DermatologyUniversity of California San Francisco“Early life immune-microbe crosstalk in skin”
Philip O. Scumpia, M.D.Assistant ProfessorUniversity of California, Los Angeles“Refining immunomodulatory biomaterials for skin applications”
Julie Segre, Ph.D. Chief & Senior Investigator

Translational and Functional Genomics Branch


NIH / NHGRI“Human Skin Microbiome: Finding Friends and Foes”
John O’Shea, M.D.Chief, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch

NIAMS Scientific Director

NIH / NIAMS“Lymphocytes and Superenhancers”
Jean Y. Tang, M.D., Ph.D.Professor of DermatologyStanford“Small molecule and gene therapy approaches for BCC and SCC prevention in rare diseases”


Short Talk Speakers

George Agak, MSc, Ph.D.Assistant ResearcherUniversity of Los Angeles, California“To trap a pathogen: TH17 cell-mediated extracellular traps release and their role in host defense in acne”
Nathan Archer, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of DermatologyJohns Hopkins School of Medicine“Neutrophil-intrinsic TNF receptor signaling orchestrates host defense against Staphylococcus aureus”
Ian Boothby, Ph.D.M.D.-Ph.D. StudentUniversity of California, San Francisco“Early Life Inflammation Primes a Th2-Fibroblast Niche in Skin”
Erin Chen, M.D., Ph.D.HHMI Hanna Gray Postdoctoral FellowStanford“Defining the functional properties of commensal-induced T cells by redirecting them against a non-native antigen”
Liang Deng, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Attending PhysicianMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center“Reprogramming tumor microenvironment by a second-generation recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara”
Zach GarrisonResearch Assistant IIOHSU“A novel MIF modulator as a melanoma therapeutic”
Sergei Koralov, Ph.D.Associate Professor, PathologyNew York University School of Medicine“Clonal evolution and microbial triggers in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma pathogenesis”
Kazumasa Oya, Ph.D.University of Tsukuba, Japan“Eribulin mesylate exerts antitumor effects via CD103″
Lynn Petukhova, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorColumbia University“Monogenic mutations implicate STAT1 in hidradenitis suppurativa pathogenesis.”
Roberto Ricardo-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor, DermatologyUniversity of California, San Francisco“Innate type 2 immunity controls hair follicle commensalism by Demodex mites”
Sarah Whitley, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Pittsburgh“Local IL-23 is required for proliferation and retention of skin-resident memory Th17 cells”