Penn Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center

Welcome to the Penn SBDRC!

The Penn Skin Biology and Disease Resource-based Center (“Penn SBDRC”) is a hub for skin investigators across the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and beyond. Leveraging the excellence of Penn Dermatology’s research and clinical programs, the Penn SBDRC was established in 2015 to enhance collaboration, bring new technologies to skin research, and provide access to critical intellectual and technical resources that greatly enhance innovation in the study of skin disease.

Please explore our website and learn more about the benefits and expectations of membership in the Penn SBDRC. Our 3 Resource Cores provide access to state-of-the-art technologies and instrumentation as well as resources for conducting rigorous and impactful skin research. The Penn SBDRC sponsors a seminar series, technical workshops, and an annual Scientific Symposium to promote interactions and collaboration, and to highlight innovative approaches. The SBDRC’s Seed Funding Sub-Core offers 3 different funding mechanisms that attract new investigators to skin research and support the independence of junior investigators. The Mentoring Sub-Core promotes career success and training through structured mentorship for trainees and junior faculty, and specialized mentorship for women and minorities underrepresented in medicine. The Community Outreach Sub-Core introduces underserved Philadelphia public high school students to the excitement of biomedical research and dermatology through the Penn Academy of Skin Health (PASH). These programs also provide volunteer and mentorship opportunities for SBDRC members. We hope you will consider becoming a member and joining our community of skin investigators!

Dr. George Cotsarelis, MD, Director
Dr. Elizabeth Grice, PhD, Associate Director

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