Ethan Lerner, MD/PhD
Neuroimmunology of the Skin: Regulation of the Nervous System by the Immune System
Connectivity Between the Immune and Nervous Systems with a Focus on Mast Cells
Ethan Lerner is interested in the mechanisms that underlie the sensation of itch. His studies are directed toward the interplay between the nervous and immune systems in skin biology. He is a leader in the identification of mediators and receptors necessary for itch. He obtained his BA in chemistry from Penn, MD and PhD in Cell Biology and Immunology at Yale, followed by two years of residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. He moved to Boston to train in dermatology where he runs a research group at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.