Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Program

Program Leaders: Lynn Schuchter, MD and John Seykora, MD, PhD

The Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Program is a multidisciplinary Research Program that provides the organizational structure and research forum for the efficient conduct of collaborative basic, clinical, and epidemiologic research in melanoma, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Members have a high degree of collaboration with other Research Programs and extramural investigators. The primary goal of the Program is to improve survival and quality of life for patients with melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers and CTCL through basic, translational, and clinical epidemiological research.

Three highly translational thematic areas of scientific focus include:

  • Epidemiology and risk assessment
  • The biology of cutaneous malignancies
  • Experimental therapeutics, including both targeted and immunotherapeutic approaches

Critically important resources have been developed by Program members, and are supported by the Abramson Cancer Center, which have fostered the highly productive, translational research that distinguishes this Program. The resources include a comprehensive melanoma database; a melanoma pathology archive, from which investigators can access annotated pathology slides and blocks (normal skin and lesions) of patients seen as far back as 30 years ago; and a large biorepository of thousands of collected blood and tumor samples from patients with cutaneous lymphoma.

Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Program Membership

Emily Chu, MD, PhD

George Cotsarelis, MD

David Elder, MBChB

Rosalie Elenitsas, MD

Douglas Fraker, MD

Tara Gangadhar, MD

Arupa Ganguly, PhD

Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE

Phyllis Gimotty, PhD

Meenhard Herlyn, DVM, DSc

Giorgos Karakousis, MD, FACS

David Margolis, MD, PhD

Michael Marks, PhD

Ronen Marmorstein, PhD

Michael Ming, MD, MSCE

Maureen Murphy, PhD

Joan O’Brien, MD

Todd Ridky, MD, PhD

Alain Rook, MD

Lynn Schuchter, MD

John Seykora, MD, PhD

David Speicher, PhD

Jessie Villanueva, PhD

Ashani Weeraratna, PhD

Eric Witze, PhD

Xiaowei Xu, MD