Kirk D. Wuepper Professor of Molecular Genetic Dermatology; Director, Training Program in Cell and Molecular Dermatology
University of Michigan
Dr. James Elder, amed in 2008 as the Kirk D. Wuepper Professor of Molecular Genetic Dermatology, received his MD and his PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. Dr. Elder completed an Internal Medicine Internship and a Dermatology Residency and Fellowship at the University of Washington. He is board-certified in Dermatology. Following his residency, Dr. Elder completed a Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Elder directs a large and active research laboratory at the University of Michigan. Dr. Elder’s laboratory utilizes molecular biology and genetics tools to better understand several human skin diseases. Dr. Elder’s laboratory has made seminal contributions in the use of genetic linkage and association techniques to learn more about how the immune system activates the epidermal wound healing mechanism in psoriasis and triggers joint destruction in psoriatic arthritis. In 2006, his laboratory identified HLA-Cw6 as the disease allele at PSORS1, the major psoriasis susceptibility locus in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). His current efforts in this area are focused on identifying psoriasis susceptibility genes outside the MHC, with nine loci confirmed thus far.