Research in the Division of Dermatology

Ohio State's Division of Dermatology is actively involved in both basic science and clinical research. Dr. Anjali Mishra, who leads the basic science team, has been the recipient of multiple grants and developed the only mouse cutaneous lymphoma model, which is integral in the study of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Our clinical research team, which is led by Dr. Jessica Kaffenberger and Dr. Ben Kaffenberger, is involved in many clinical trials and has been recognized as a top recruiting site on numerous clinical trials.

Basic Science Research

Dr. Anjali Mishra's research focuses on identifying the cellular reprogramming steps interleukin-15 (IL-15) induces to initiate a malignant change in T lymphocytes. Dr. Mishra's laboratory has shown stage-related IL-15 mRNA and protein over-expression in lesional skin and circulating tumor cells of CTCL patients. Using IL-15 transgenic mice, Dr. Mishra's lab has characterized an animal model of spontaneous epidermotropic T-cell lymphoma that clinically and pathologically mimics human CTCL. The research efforts of her laboratory are focused on understanding the mechanisms of lymphomagenesis and designing therapeutic strategies for CTCL by characterizing and targeting deregulated oncogenic pathways in IL-15 transgenic mice and in CTCL patients.

Clinical Trials

Dr. Jessica Kaffenberger and Dr. Benjamin Kaffenberger oversee a clinical trials unit that is involved in translational research to advance the understanding and treatment of skin diseases. There is an ongoing protocol to obtain specimens to create a biospecimen bank to store samples from patients with a variety of skin diseases to further research and better understand the pathogenesis of skin disease.

We are also participating in epidemiologic studies to monitor patients on systemic therapies to follow long term safety and efficacy of traditional and new treatments. At different times, there may be therapeutic trials for novel investigational drugs for patients with psoriasis and other skin diseases.