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Dermatology Research Fellowship

Faculty members in Saint Louis University’s Department of Dermatology have extensive experience in conducting both industry-sponsored clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies.

Research Team


Our research program includes dermatology faculty, two clinical research fellows, a research nurse and a research assistant.

Fellows are involved in a variety of clinical trials and research projects. Ongoing and recent studies include clinical trials of cosmetic devices, psoriasis therapies, hyperhidrosis therapies, hidradenitis therapies and melanoma and other cutaneous cancer therapies, as well as vaccine trials and studies involving database analysis of patient populations and interventions.

Dermatology Research Training

Fellows participate in the design, implementation and publication of studies. In addition, they take part in academic activities with the dermatology residents and in patient care in the faculty dermatology clinics. Fellows are involved with overseeing the IV infusion program and have the opportunity to devise, conduct and present their own research study. A stipend and benefits are provided.

Applying to our Clinical Research Fellowship

Applicants must have completed a minimum of PGY1 at an ACGME-accredited program prior to start of the fellowship and must be eligible to obtain a Missouri medical license. Full applications will be considered at time of receipt, prior to the deadline. In-person interviews may be required. Our fellowship is filled through June 2023. We will begin accepting applications for a July 2023 start date in Spring 2022.

Interested applicants should send the below documents to and

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Scores
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of reference

Meet Our Current Research Fellows

Laura Russell

Senior Fellow, Laura Russell, M.D.

Hometown: Hannibal, MO
Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Internship: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dermatology interests: General Dermatology, Autoimmune Dermatology, Rheumatology/dermatology overlap
Moment you first saw yourself as a dermatologist: I first became interested in dermatology in medical school when I learned about the interesting pathophysiology of skin disease.
Favorite part about SLU dermatology: The diversity of interests, research, and backgrounds of the people in the department.
If I were a dermatology diagnosis I would be: A normal nail plate, tough and functional.

Steven Townsend

Junior Fellow, Steven Townsend, M.D.

Hometown: Northville, Michigan
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Internship:  Wayne State University Transitional Year
Dermatology interests: General dermatology, inflammatory disorders
Moment you first saw yourself as a dermatologist: After shadowing in clinic during medical school.
Favorite part about SLU dermatology: The people I work with and the focus on research.
If I were a dermatology diagnosis I would be: Actinic keratosis