I am currently a research Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. I was trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Subsequently did a 3-year fellowship in Experimental Hematology as an NIH trainee at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In 1989, we made the discovery and established the first model of Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia (CIA). It was at this time that I became closely affiliated with the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, later officially joining the same in 2008. My work was the first of its kind and opened the area of study of CIA by providing a reliable animal model in which to study protective compounds against alopecia.
I have also conducted research in the fields of hematopoiesis, stem cells, leukemia, and endothelial microparticles. My research now includes Alopecia Areata, Androgenetic Alopecia, and Hair Follicle Transplantation. Currently I am extensively involved in immune modulation for the treatment of Alopecia Areata. Another field of my intense interest is the use of Transdermal Delivery Systems to minimize side effects of systemic drugs in the treatment of alopecias. In addition, further novel studies are in progress for the protection from Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia. My approach to research is directly translational, creating animal models to mimic human disease in order to understand and provide novel therapeutic approaches.