Meet a PennMedicine Researcher
Elizabeth A. Grice, PhD
Elizabeth A. Grice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, is the winner of this year’s Michael S. Brown New Investigator Research Award, which recognizes emerging faculty investigators engaged in innovative discoveries.
Dr. Grice defined the first topographical map of the human skin microbiome using culture-independent approaches, foundational work which has become the standard reference of comparison for studies analyzing the skin microbiome in various health and disease states. Much of her research program focuses on chronic non-healing wounds, which affect over 6 million patients in the US and exceed $10 billion in health care costs annually. Her research has evolved into investigating how microbes integrate with the host immune responses, microbe-microbe interactions of the skin microbiome, and microbial contributions to wound healing. Recognizing the connection between animal health, human health, and the environment, the Grice lab takes a “One Health” approach toward understanding the skin microbiome and contribution to health and disease, and her laboratory functions effectively across disciplines within Penn Medicine, as well as with the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine. As a leader at the forefront of the skin microbiome field, Dr. Grice’s lab is invested in standardizing and benchmarking best practices for performing skin microbiome studies. Dr. Grice has received several notable awards, including the Women Scientist Advisors of NIH Scholar Award, a NIH Fellows Award, and a NIH Award of Merit. She is sought after as a lecturer both within the Penn community and nationally, and as a highly successful mentor for graduate and undergraduate students whose infectious enthusiasm for her work excites her colleagues. Her creative discoveries have the potential to impact patients across a broad spectrum of disease from diabetes to chronic wounds to inflammatory skin conditions.