Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have POSTPONED the 69th Annual Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin until October 2021.



In alphabetical order. Subject to change

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 / NIAIDKeynote topic to be confirmed
Isaac Chiu, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Microbiology and ImmunobiologyHarvard University“Neuro-immune interactions in host defense”
Shadmehr Demehri, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor of DermatologyHarvard University“Epithelium-derived alarmin role in skin cancer immunoprevention”
Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D.Irma Gigli Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Department of Dermatology
University of California, San Diego“Pathogen response in the skin”
Thomas Gajewski, M.D., Ph.D.Professor, Biological Sciences Division, Medicine, Hematology/OncologyThe University of Chicago


Keynote topic TBD
Michel Gilliet, M.D.Chair of DermatologyUniversity Hospital CHUV in Lausanne, Switzerland“Targeting immune pathways in inflammatory diseases”
Johann Gudjonsson, M.D., Ph.D.Arthur C. Curtis Professor of Skin Molecular Immunology

Associate Professor, Dermatology

University of Michigan“Autoimmunity”
Teri Greiling, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor of DermatologyOHSU“Lupus and the microbiota”
Annemieke de Jong, Ph.D.Translational and Precision Medicine Resource Core DirectorColumbia 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”
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”
Laura Mackay, Ph.D.Laboratory Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)The University of Melbourne, Australia“Local Immune Protection by CD8+ Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells”
Robert L. Modlin, M.D.Klein Professor & Chief, Dermatology; Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular GeneticsUniversity of Los Angeles, California“Linking immune cell programming and cell death responses to microbial activity”
Keisuke (Chris) Nagao, M.D., Ph.D.Stadtman Investigator

Cutaneous Leukocyte Biology Section

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

Translational and Functional Genomics Branch


NIH / NHGRI“Spatial ecology of microbes in health and disease”
John O’Shea, M.D.Chief, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch

NIAMS Scientific Director

NIH / NIAMS“Neuropeptides and cytokines; basic biology to therapeutics”
Emma Taylor, M.D.Co-Founder & CEONaked Biome“Live Biologic Therapeutics Applications in Dermatology”