One of the strengths and unique features of the Skin Disease Research Center’s interdepartmental research effort is the different approaches that can be considered for virtually any biological problem, owing to the diverse background and skills of our SDRC investigators and the breadth of expertise within the clinical faculty of the Department of Dermatology and other departments at Feinberg and Northwestern University. With our desire to encourage communication and collaborations between clinicians who perform clinical research and bench scientists who hope to see their work translated into a human benefit, we have included both clinical and bench researchers interested in cutaneous biology as core members.
SDRC Membership Types and Criteria
- Bench Research Members: Faculty who have research programs related to cutaneous biology, are independent, and have extramural federal funding. This represents the majority of SDRC members.
- Junior Bench Research Members: Full-time faculty members conducting cutaneous biological research without external funding or Assistant Professors with external funding (e.g., Dermatology Foundation CDA) who have submitted federal funding proposals. Their research frequently utilizes the SDRC Core Facilities and is enhanced by association with the SDRC’s critical mass of funded investigators.
- Pilot and Feasibility Grant Recipients: Junior investigators without federal funding or senior investigators whose funding is in an unrelated area, but apply their expertise to pilot research in skin. Upon completion of their P&F projects, they can retain their SDRC membership if they continue research in cutaneous biology.
- Clinical Collaborative Associate Members: Members of the clinical faculty who do not have wet laboratories, but perform clinical research and have expertise in skin disorders. These members have contributed significantly to the translational endeavors of the SDRC through collection of patient materials, data interpretation, and participation in clinically relevant Enrichment Programs such as Bench to Bedside.
Applying for Membership
For more information about membership to the SDRC, please contact: Erica L. Zuniga (312-503-4883).
For more information about membership, please contact Erica L. Zuniga.