Community Outreach Program

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Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH)

PASH will be launching our first Saturday Academy in March 2017! All Philadelphia public 10-12 graders qualify for this FREE 4 Saturday program!

Participants will attend on 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, and 4/1 from 9am-1pm to:

  • Engage with scientists and clinicians in the dermatology field
  • Perform laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art research equipment
  • Discover genetic and environmental-based dermatologic diseases
  • Network with Penn faculty and staff to learn about careers in both research and medicine
  • Participate in a College 101 workshop

Apply Here
Deadline for applications and LORs is Jan. 16th at midnight

Saturday Academy Syllabus

Saturday Academy Volunteers

lindsay-kalan-smallDr. Lindsay Kalan obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University where she studied antibiotic resistance in the environment and clinic. She is now a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Elizabeth Grice at the University of Pennsylvania working on the skin microbiome. Lindsay uses both microbiological and DNA sequencing techniques to explore the roles of complex microbial communities in wound healing. In her free time Lindsay likes travelling to new places, and in the winter, you will find her downhill skiing in the mountains.
christine-monteleon-smallDr. Christine Monteleon is a research scientist in the Penn Department of Dermatology. She investigates the processes by which skin cells organize into healthy skin tissue, and how dysfunction in these processes contributes to skin disorders. Her favorite aspect of research is microscopy because “sometimes the best way to understand something is to take a very close look at it.” In addition to research and teaching, Christine enjoys cooking, dancing, and seeing live music/ performance art.
dj-moran-smallDJ Moran is a Cell and Molecular Biology graduate student in Dr. Sarah Millar’s lab and is interested in the transcriptional mechanisms that control epidermal cell differentiation. She enjoys reading and exploring all Philadelphia has to offer.
deepa-patel-smallDeepa Patel is a medical student at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY who is spending one year between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school working as a clinical research fellow with the Dermatology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her current projects focus on the genetics of hair shaft disorders and the development of quality of life tools for pediatric patients afflicted with skin diseases. In her spare time, Deepa enjoys cooking, photography, running, and exploring her new city – Philly!