Penn Dermatology is proud to congratulate our recent F31 Fellowship Recipients!

As described by the NIH:

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

Miriam Doepner

PhD Candidate in Cancer Biology

Former T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Ridky Lab

Influence of Melanocyte Differentiation State on Melanoma Susceptibility

“We are thrilled that the NCI recognized the significance and quality of Miriam’s paradigm shifting discoveries that address longstanding and perplexing questions in dermatology!”

-Todd Ridky, MD, PhD

Gina Pacella

PhD Candidate in Genetics and Epigenetics

Capell Lab

The role of UTX in Epidermal Homeostasis, Carcinogenesis, and Sex Mediated Risk of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

“Gina is pursuing exciting work at the intersection of epigenetics, metabolism and immunity. Her studies hold promise to potentially offer new insights into fundamental skin biology as well as the observed sex-disparities we observe in skin cancers.”

-Brian Capell, MD, PhD

Victoria Lovins

PhD Candidate in Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology

Grice Lab

Investigating the role of Staphylococcus aureus strain-level diversity on neutrophil recruitment and wound healing in a cutaneous leishmaniasis infection

“We are incredibly proud of Tori on her F31 award from NIAMS! This award will allow her to dissect the role of the bacterial pathogen, S. aureus, in mediating immunopathology during skin infection and wound healing after infection with the Leishmania parasite. These studies have great promise for the understanding and treatment of this neglected tropical disease. Tori’s dedication and passion, as well as her creativity and collaborative spirit are truly inspiring to all of us!

-Elizabeth Grice, PhD

In Young Lee

PhD Candidate in Cancer Biology

Ridky Lab

Mechanisms by which of GPCR Signaling Inhibits Acute Myeloid Leukemia

“In Young’s careful observations on GPER signaling have opened up provocative new areas of mechanistic research. Because of his curiosity and enthusiasm to follow the science wherever it leads, our lab in dermatology now has a major ongoing effort in myelogenous leukemia!”

-Todd Ridky, MD, PhD

Gabriella Rice

PhD Candidate in Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Rompolas Lab

Resolving the Hierarchy and Regulation of Sebaceous Gland Stem Cells

“Gaby is breaking new ground for the lab into sebaceous gland biology by spearheading a project of her own conception and implementation. We are proud of Gaby for her recently awarded F31, that validates her ongoing efforts and serves as a critical steppingstone for the successful completion of her project and her career advancement as a future leader in skin research.”

-Pantelis Rompolas, PhD