Founders & Organizers
William Damsky MD, PhD
Dr. Damsky is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Yale School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate, MD, and PhD degrees from the University of Vermont where he worked with Marcus Bosenberg. He then completed research track dermatology residency at Yale. For his post-doctoral research, he has trained with Richard Flavell in the department of Immunobiology at Yale. He also gained translational and clinical trial experience through his work with Brett King, also at Yale. He is board-certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology. Dr. Damsky is interested in the molecular immunology of cutaneous inflammatory disorders including sarcoidosis and granuloma annulare, which he studies both in the clinic and in the lab.
Jillian Richmond, PhD
Dr. Richmond earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, and her doctoral degree in Pathology & Immunology from Boston University School of Medicine. She performed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemokine biology at Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to the Harris Lab at UMass to study chemokines in vitiligo, an autoimmune disease characterized by CD8+ T cell-mediated destruction of melanocytes. She has also studied formation of autoreactive resident memory T cells that make vitiligo refractory to treatment. Her laboratory at UMass now focuses on T cell migration and function in other autoimmune skin diseases including cutaneous lupus erythematosus and morphea.
Program Coordinators and Social Media Liason
Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, United States
Annelise Colvin is a third-year medical student at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. Her research is focused on the genetic basis of skin diseases affecting skin of color, particularly hidradenitis suppurativa, with the ultimate goal of elucidating its pathogenesis and translating this new knowledge into innovative therapeutic tools. She is passionate about reducing health disparities, mentorship and narrative medicine. Outside of medicine, she loves to play volleyball and cuddle with her two kittens, Nacho and Floki.
Ndidi Enwereji, MPH
The Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Unviersity, Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Native to Washington, D.C., Ndidi’s innate ardency for optimizing the human experience became the catalyst for her to pursue a career in medicine. Prior to medical school, she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Rutgers University. She also served the city of Philadelphia through AmeriCorps and obtained a Master of Public Health degree at Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health. Today, Ndidi attends The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine where she served as the Community Service Chair and was the Vice President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter at Netter. Ndidi currently holds several leadership roles, including performing as the Regional Research Liaison for Region VII of SNMA, being a class representative for the Inclusion & Diversity Council, acting as the Organizing Founder of the Skin of Color Lecture Series, and serves on the Admissions Committee at Netter.
Racha Ftouni, MD
American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Muhammad Hyder Junejo, MBBS, MSc, DipFSRH
Homerton University Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Kelly Kimball, BS
Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio, United States
Monisha Madhumita, MBBS, MD, PGDMLE
Sophia was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Moreno Valley, CA and attended the University of San Diego, where she played NCAA Division I basketball, while majoring in Psychology with a Chemistry minor. Before starting medical school, she played professional basketball in Germany. Sophia is a medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Here, she was the inaugural president of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Today, she continues many leadership roles including serving on the Admissions committee at Mayo, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion council at Mayo, the SNMA Student Interest group, the ElevateMeD advisory committee, and as the student co-chair of NMA Dermatology Mentorship committee.