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Elizabeth A Grice, Ph.D.

The Sandra J. Lazarus Associate Professor in Dermatology
Department: Dermatology

Contact information
421 Curie Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-3179
Lab: 215-573-1095
B.A. (Biology)
Luther College, 2001.
Ph.D. (Human Genetics)
Johns Hopkins University, 2006.
Post-Graduate Training
Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 2007-2011.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Interests:
Skin microbiome; cutaneous host-microbe interactions; wound healing

Research Description:
The skin is a formidable barrier and the first line of defense against the external environment. The skin is also colonized with microbial communities, which we hypothesize have critical functions in cutaneous health and disease. These functions may include but are not limited to colonization resistance to block invasion by opportunistic or pathogenic microbiota and regulation of immunity and inflammation. Various cutaneous disorders and infections are hypothesized to in part result from dysregulation of microbiota-host interactions. The Grice lab applies a variety of different approaches, model systems, and human tissues and isolates to elucidate mechanisms regulating such interactions.

Currently, research in the laboratory is divided into the following focus areas:

(1) Skin microbiome regulation of epithelial defense

(2) Microbial regulation of tissue repair and inflammation in chronic wounds

(3) Skin microbiota-driven mechanisms of colonization resistance to pathogens

Selected Publications

Sutter CH, Azim S, Wang A, Bhuju J, Simpson AS, Uberoi A, Grice EA, Sutter TR.: Ligand-activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor up-regulates epidermal UDP-glucose ceramide glucosyltransferase and glucosylceramides. J Invest Dermatol Mar 2023.

Schmidt AD, Miciano C, Zheng Q, Mathyer ME, Grice EA, de Guzman Strong C.: Involucrin Modulates Vitamin D Receptor Activity in the Epidermis. J Invest Dermatol Jan 2023.

Wang G, Sweren E, Andrews W, Li Y, Chen J, Xue Y, Wier E, Alphonse MP, Luo L, Miao Y, Chen R, Zeng D, Lee S, Li A, Dare E, Kim D, Archer NK, Reddy SK, Resar L, Hu Z, Grice EA, Kane MA, Garza LA.: Commensal microbiome promotes hair follicle regeneration by inducing keratinocyte HIF-1α signaling and glutamine metabolism. Sci Adv 9: eabo7555, Jan 2023.

Singh TP, Carvalho AM, Sacramento LA, Grice EA, Scott P.: Microbiota instruct IL-17A-producing innate lymphoid cells to promote skin inflammation in cutaneous leishmaniasis. PLoS Pathog 17: e1009693, Oct 2021.

Bhuju J, Olesen KM, Muenyi CS, Patel TS, Read RW, Thompson L, Skalli O, Zheng Q, Grice EA, Sutter CH, Sutter TR.: Cutaneous Effects of In Utero and Lactational Exposure of C57BL/6J Mice to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. Toxics 9: 192, Aug 2021.

Uberoi A, Bartow-McKenney C, Zheng Q, Flowers L, Campbell A, Knight SAB, Chan N, Wei M, Lovins V, Bugayev J, Horwinski J, Bradley C, Meyer J, Crumrine D, Sutter CH, Elias P, Mauldin E, Sutter TR, Grice EA.: Commensal microbiota regulates skin barrier function and repair via signaling through the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Cell Host Microbe 29: 1235-1248, Aug 2021.

Dalton KR, Ruble K, Redding LE, Morris DO, Mueller NT, Thorpe RJ Jr, Agnew J, Carroll KC, Planet PJ, Rubenstein RC, Chen AR, Grice EA, Davis MF.: Microbial Sharing between Pediatric Patients and Therapy Dogs during Hospital Animal-Assisted Intervention Programs. Microorganisms 9: 1054, May 2021.

Wang G, Sweren E, Liu H, Wier E, Alphonse MP, Chen R, Islam N, Li A, Xue Y, Chen J, Park S, Chen Y, Lee S, Wang Y, Wang S, Archer NK, Andrews W, Kane MA, Dare E, Reddy SK, Hu Z, Grice EA, Miller LS, Garza LA.: Bacteria induce skin regeneration via IL-1β signaling. Cell Host Microbe 29: 777-791, May 2021.

Byeon J, Blizinsky KD, Persaud A, Findley K, Lee JJ, Buscetta AJ, You S, Bittinger K, Minniti CP, Bonham VL, Grice EA.: Insights into the skin microbiome of sickle cell disease leg ulcers. Wound Repair Regen ound Repair Regen, May 2021.

Zheng Q, Capell BC, Parekh V, O'Day C, Atillasoy C, Bashir HM, Yeh C, Shim EH, Prouty SM, Dentchev T, Lee V, Wushanley L, Kweon Y, Suzuki-Horiuchi Y, Pear W, Grice EA, Seykora JT.: Whole-Exome and Transcriptome Analysis of UV-Exposed Epidermis and Carcinoma In Situ Reveals Early Drivers of Carcinogenesis. J Invest Dermatol 141: 295-307, Feb 2021.

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