Current Research Projects
The UTMB Department of Dermatology recquires that each resident complete a scholarly project during their residency.
Leslie Scroggins Markle, M.D.
Dr. Markle is currently working with Dr. Brent Kelly studying the histological differences between pustular psoriasis and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. They will be reviewing slides available in the UTMB Dermatopathology archives, and utilizing immunohistochemistry to compare IL-17 and IL-22 expression in each disorder.
Julie Martin, M.D.
Dr. Martin is currently holding surgical skills workshops demonstrating and allowing medical students to perform such techniques as tangential biopsies, punch biopsies, knot tying, and various suturing techniques. She is also introducing these students to commonly used instruments, instructing them on how to set up for biopsies, etc. She will issue a pre- and post-session questionnaire evaluating whether it was helpful.
Mara Dacso, M.D.
Dr. Dacso is currently working with Dr. Michael Wilkerson to analyze clinical photographs of pigmented macular lesions (with a focus on lentigo maligna) subjected to a novel signal processing technique to detect unique characteristics of the image that correlate with the histological findings. By analyzing this image in the context of the histology, she will derive unique signatures that should yield insight into the images that cannot be gleaned from visual inspection alone.