Michael Rosenblum, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Dermatology

The central focus of my lab is to understand how immune responses are regulated in tissues and how this knowledge can be exploited for therapeutic benefit. To this end, we currently have two areas of active investigation:

  1. Understanding how regulatory T cells (Tregs) control immune responses in tissues
  2. Understanding the ‘alternative’ functions of Tregs in tissues

Because of its complex immunological properties, its accessibility, and potential for clinical translation, the skin is the model peripheral tissue that we currently study. Approximately 50% of our research employs a reductionist approach, utilizing transgenic animal models to ask fundamental questions of how the immune system functions in skin at both the cellular and molecular levels. The other half of our work focuses on doing functional immunology with human skin, human blood and humanized mice.

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Research Summary: 
Defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms of immune regulation in peripheral tissues



Commensal Microbes and Hair Follicle Morphogenesis Coordinately Drive Treg Migration into Neonatal Skin.

Cell host & microbe

Scharschmidt TC, Vasquez KS, Pauli ML, Leitner EG, Chu K, Truong HA, Lowe MM, Sanchez Rodriguez R, Ali N, Laszik ZG, Sonnenburg JL, Millar SE, Rosenblum MD

Warfarin-Associated Nonuremic Calciphylaxis.

JAMA dermatology

Yu WY, Bhutani T, Kornik R, Pincus LB, Mauro T, Rosenblum MD, Fox LP

Tumor immune profiling predicts response to anti-PD-1 therapy in human melanoma.

The Journal of clinical investigation

Daud AI, Loo K, Pauli ML, Sanchez-Rodriguez R, Sandoval PM, Taravati K, Tsai K, Nosrati A, Nardo L, Alvarado MD, Algazi AP, Pampaloni MH, Lobach IV, Hwang J, Pierce RH, Gratz IK, Krummel MF, Rosenblum MD