Richard L. Gallo

University of California, San Diego, USA

Richard L. Gallo received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in toxicology and biophysics from the University of Rochester, NY, USA, and completed an internship in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins followed by dermatology residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is currently a Professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and the Chief of Dermatology at UCSD and the VA San Diego. His research contributions have been fundamental to the understanding of innate immunity of the skin. His group discovered the existence of antimicrobial peptides in mammalian skin and was the first to show that antimicrobial peptides are essential for immune defense of mammals. His advances have led to landmark observations for the mechanisms of action of these peptides and their role in human diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, wound repair, and infections of other organ systems. His work has appeared in some of the most high-profile scientific and medical journals, and he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards recognizing outstanding international contribution to skin research in immunology.

Biography Updated on 15 April 2010

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