Research at Brown Dermatology

About our team

The Clinical and Translational Research Program (CTRP) comprises a multi-disciplinary research group focused on hypothesis-driven work on a wide variety of dermatologic diseases. Clinicians, epidemiologists, post-doctoral researchers, medical students, undergraduate students, and administrators make up this unique team, which gathers its strength from this rich network of experts working in an exciting and exceedingly collaborative environment. The CTRP functions under the mission of investigating an inclusive range of diseases, from common cancers to rare orphan diseases, in an effort to measurably expand our understanding, as well as to move discoveries from the conceptual world into clinical practice. To see a list of our current trials click here. To refer a patient, please email [email protected].


In the Press: 


CNN has featured the recent work by Eunyoung Cho, ScD, Director of Research, regarding white wine intake and risk of melanoma. 



Dr. Martin A. Weinstock has authored an editorial in JAMA regarding USPSTF recommendations on skin cancer screening. 


Citrus fruits and melanoma risk

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Recent publications:

Cobb, C. B. C., Caravaglio, J. V., Qureshi, A. A., & Robinson-Bostom, L. (2022). Concominant bullous pemphigoid and cutaneous Crohn disease. J Cutan Pathol, 49(6), 579-583.

Dai, J., Li, T. Y., Cho, E., Qureshi, A. A., & Li, W. Q. (2022). Hair color and risk of keratinocyte carcinoma in US women and men. J Am Acad Dermatol, 86(1), 234-237.

Drucker, A. M., Li, W. Q., Cho, E., Li, T., Besdine, R., Qureshi, A. A., & Linos, E. (2021). Shingles and pneumonia and risk of cutaneous basal and squamous cell carcinoma. J Am Acad Dermatol, 85(2), 492-495.

Farland, L. V., Degnan, W. J., Harris, H. R., Han, J., Cho, E., VoPham, T., . . . Missmer, S. A. (2021). Recreational and residential sun exposure and risk of endometriosis: a prospective cohort study. Hum Reprod, 36(1), 199-210.

George, E. A., Baranwal, N., Kang, J. H., Qureshi, A. A., Drucker, A. M., & Cho, E. (2021). Photosensitizing Medications and Skin Cancer: A Comprehensive Review. Cancers (Basel), 13(10).

George, E. A., Castelo-Soccio, L., Putterman, E., Kuhn, H., Wambier, C., Qureshi, A., & Cho, E. (2021). Influence of climate factors on pediatric alopecia areata flares in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sci Rep, 11(1), 21034.

Ghanian, S., Rhee, J., Cho, E., & Walker, J. (2021). Odds of Merkel cell carcinoma metastases associated with primary anatomic site and laterality. Arch Dermatol Res, 313(10), 873-877.

Ghanian, S., Zakka, F. R., Shu, N., Robinson-Bostom, L., Weinstock, M., Vezeridis, M., & Walker, J. (2021). Paracicatricial melanocytes as a sign of melanoma. J Cutan Pathol, 48(7), 911-914.

Graff, R. E., Wilson, K. M., Sanchez, A., Chang, S. L., McDermott, D. F., Choueiri, T. K., . . . Preston, M. A. (2022). Obesity in Relation to Renal Cell Carcinoma Incidence and Survival in Three Prospective Studies. Eur Urol, 82(3), 247-251.

Harris, H. R., Korkes, K. M. N., Li, T., Kvaskoff, M., Cho, E., Carvalho, L. F., . . . Missmer, S. A. (2022). Endometriosis, Psoriasis, and Psoriatic Arthritis: A Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol, 191(6), 1050-1060.

He, Y., Liu, H., Luo, S., Amos, C. I., Lee, J. E., Yang, K., . . . Wei, Q. (2021). Genetic variants of EML1 and HIST1H4E in myeloid cell-related pathway genes independently predict cutaneous melanoma-specific survival. Am J Cancer Res, 11(6), 3252-3262.

Huang, M., Lyu, C., Li, X., Qureshi, A. A., Han, J., & Li, M. (2021). Identifying Susceptibility Loci for Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Using a Fast Sequence Kernel Association Test. Front Genet, 12, 657499.

Jeong, G. H., Grosso, G., Aune, D., Stubbs, B., Koyanagi, A., Cho, E., . . . Shin, J. I. L. (2021). Reply to Yi M et al. Adv Nutr, 12(4), 1595-1596.

Li, Y., Li, W. Q., Li, T., Qureshi, A. A., & Cho, E. (2022). Eye color and the risk of skin cancer. Cancer Causes Control, 33(1), 109-116.

Li, Y., Liao, L. M., Sinha, R., Zheng, T., Vance, T. M., Qureshi, A. A., & Cho, E. (2022). Fish intake and risk of melanoma in the NIH-AARP diet and health study. Cancer Causes Control, 33(7), 921-928.

Lim, R. K., Castelo-Soccio, L., Putterman, E., Qureshi, A. A., & Cho, E. (2022). Predictors of Vitamin D Insufficiency in Children and Adolescents With Alopecia Areata. Cureus, 14(3), e22934.

Melough, M. M., Sakaki, J., Liao, L. M., Sinha, R., Cho, E., & Chun, O. K. (2021). Association between Citrus Consumption and Melanoma Risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Nutr Cancer, 73(9), 1613-1620.

Mirza, M. A., Jung, S. J., Sun, W., Qureshi, A. A., & Cho, E. (2021). Association of depression and alopecia areata in women: A prospective study. J Dermatol, 48(8), 1296-1298.

Morra, D. E., Cho, E., Li, T., Camargo, C. A., Jr., Qureshi, A. A., & Drucker, A. M. (2021). Smoking and risk of adult-onset atopic dermatitis in US women. J Am Acad Dermatol, 84(2), 561-563.

Okoro, U., Chau, T. Q., Kawaoka, J., Wong, V., & Qureshi, A. A. (2021). Skin of Color in Preclinical Medical Education: A Cross-Institutional Comparison and A Call to Action. Cutis, 108(4), 204-209.

Sakaki, J. R., Melough, M. M., Roberts, M. B., Eaton, C. B., Shadyab, A. H., Qureshi, A. A., . . . Cho, E. (2021). Citrus Consumption and the Risk of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancers (Basel), 13(9).

Tajalli, M., Li, T., Drucker, A. M., Qureshi, A. A., & Cho, E. (2021). A description of treatment patterns of psoriasis by medical providers and disease severity in US women. J Psoriasis Psoriatic Arthritis, 6(1), 45-51.

Wu, W. H., Geng, H., Cho, E., Eliassen, A. H., Drucker, A. M., Li, T. Y., . . . Li, W. Q. (2022). Reproductive and hormonal factors and risk of incident rosacea among US White women. J Am Acad Dermatol, 87(1), 138-140.

Yang, K., Li, X., Zeleznik, O. A., Eliassen, A. H., Clish, C. B., Cho, E., . . . Nan, H. (2022). Higher susceptibility to sunburn is associated with decreased plasma glutamine and increased plasma glutamate levels among US women: An analysis of the Nurses' Health Study I and II. J Am Acad Dermatol, 86(1), 169-172.

Yen, H., Yen, H., Drucker, A. M., Han, J., Li, W. Q., Li, T., . . . Cho, E. (2022a). Cox-2-Hemmer: Keine praventive Wirkung gegen Hautkrebs. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges, 20(2), 157-168.

Yen, H., Yen, H., Drucker, A. M., Han, J., Li, W. Q., Li, T., . . . Cho, E. (2022b). COX-2 inhibitors show no preventive effect in the development of skin cancer. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges, 20(2), 157-166.

Team members


Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH: Professor and Chair of DermatologyAbrar Qureshi, MD, MPH: Professor and Chair of Dermatology

Martin Weinstock, MD, PhD: Professor of DermatologyMartin Weinstock, MD, PhD: Professor of Dermatology

Eunyoung Cho, ScD: Director of Research; Associate Prof. of Dermatology, Associate Prof. of EpidemiologyEunyoung Cho, ScD: Director of Research; Associate Prof. of Dermatology, Associate Prof. of Epidemiology







Terrence Vance, Ph.D., RDN: Instructor in Research TrackTerrence Vance, Ph.D., RDN: Instructor in Research Track






Dermatoepidemiology Division

This unit, based at the Providence VA Medical Center, conducts epidemiologic research on cutaneous malignancies and dysplasias, including melanoma, other skin cancers, and skin cancer precursors. Funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and private foundations. Interested residents are encouraged to participate in the activities of the unit.