Paul A. Khavari, MD/PhD
Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture
Decoding The Regulatory Genome
The Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture Award was established in 2007 by Dr. Phillip Frost. The lectureship is intended to honor Dr. Albert M. Kligman, whose great commitment to dermatology and numerous contributions to the specialty has inspired generations of researchers and practitioners. The award is made to an individual in acknowledgement of significant contributions in the past five years to the understanding of structure and function of skin.
Paul A. Khavari, MD/PhD is the Carl J. Herzog Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Chief of the Dermatology Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System, and the Co-Director of the Stanford Program in Epithelial Biology. Dr. Khavari earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford and M.D. at Yale. After dermatology residency at Yale, he completed Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship training with Jerry Crabtree in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford then joined the Stanford faculty in 1993. His research applies multi-omics to study regulatory networks that control epidermal homeostasis and cancer, with a focus on developing new methodologies in genomics, proteomics, and informatics. His laboratory generated the first corrections of human genodermatoses tissue and the first human tissue models of cancer from defined genetic elements. His group characterized transcription factors and epigenetic regulators that control epidermal differentiation as well as the first long non-coding RNAs controlling mammalian tissue homeostasis. His lab also performed high throughput sequencing of an array of cutaneous malignancies to identify skin-specific oncogenes as well as new protein and RNA regulators of the Ras GTPase. Dr. Khavari received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the NIH Shannon Award. He also received the Department of Veterans Affairs Young Investigator Award, a Junior Faculty Scholar Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Dermatological Association Young Leader Award, the American Academy of Dermatology Marion B. Sulzberger Award, the SID William Montagna Award, the CERIES Award in Skin Biology, the Tanioku Kihei Award of the JSID, and the American Skin Association Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award. He has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine.