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Cellular and Molecular Biology Consultant: Dermatology, Skin Pigmentation and DNA Damage Responses and Repair

Technical Consultant #1690


  • Over 20 years of research and work in the area of human health, aging and disease.
  • Molecular aging,cell growth and cell differentiation of human epidermal keratinocytes.
  • UV-induced DNA damage responses, DNA repair, and the study of human telomere biology.
  • Dermatology and skin cancer.
  • Special Skills:
    • Skin pigmentation
    • Oncology
    • Mammalian cell culture
    • DNA damage responses
    • DNA repair
    • Cell cycle control
    • Mammalian telomere biology
    • In vitro and in vivo models of carcinogenesis
    • Fluorescence microscopy


Undisclosed University, Department of Dermatology, Research Associate Professor, 1991 - Present

  • Graduate Program of Genetics and Genomics (secondary appointment), 2007 - Present
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (secondary appointment), 2001 - Present
  • Department of Dermatology, 1997 - Present

Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology, 1991 - Present

Tufts University, Department of Dermatology, 1988 - 1991

  • Staff Scientist II USDA/Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Industry Experience Through Sponsored Research Agreements:

CancerVax, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, 2004 - 2005

  • Development of T-oligo technology as cancer therapeutic.
  • Worked closely with a team at the CancerVax laboratories to characterize T-oligo-responsive human cancer cell lines and to assay effectiveness of several candidate T-oligos.
  • Traveled to the CancerVax laboratories to participate in a seminar series, become familiar with their "good laboratory practices" protocols and help train their scientists.
  • Hosted and trained representatives from the CancerVax team in our Boston University laboratories.

Unilever Research, Edgewater, NJ, Melanogenesis studies, 1997 -2000

  • Coordinated and assist leading the research efforts of a group at Boston University exploring the use of DNA oligonucleotides as stimulators of melanogenesis (tanning) in human skin.
  • Served as a scientific liaison between our research group and that from Unilever and help design, implement and evaluate this work.

Educator in the following courses at a local university and School of Medicine:

  • Introduction to Physical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemical Genetics
  • Introduction to Intermediary Metabolism
  • Integrated Problems Course for medical students
  • Special Topics in Pathology
  • Special Topics in Genetics and Genomics

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Boston University Cancer Center Translational Research Program


  • Member Sigma Phi Gamma (honor society), Pfeiffer College
  • Junior Scholastic Award, Pfeiffer College
  • Graduate Summa Cum Lauda, Pfeiffer College
  • Departmental Nominee for University of Florida Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
  • Predoctoral Trainee of the National Cancer Institute
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Recipient of Dermatology Foundation, Research Grant


  • 49 peered reviewed publications.
  • 50 invited lectures.
  • 13 Patents, U.S. and Europe and several in pending status.


  • Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, Department of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology, FL
  • B.A. Biology, Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC
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