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Masaoki Kawasumi MD, PhD

Medicine/Dermatology
Assistant Professor

Email: kawasumi@uw.edu | Phone: 206.897.5456


Our research focuses on UV-induced DNA damage responses and skin cancer development. More recently, we study epigenetic aspect of skin differentiation and skin cancer evolution, investigating what DNA/histone modifications in hair follicle stem cells (the origin of skin cancer) contribute to the development of different subtypes of skin cancer. Our long-term goal is to better understand epigenetic mechanisms in hair follicle stem cells and cancer and use the fundamental knowledge to prevent and inhibit skin diseases including skin cancer.