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Richard Gallo, MD, PhD

Chairman, Department of Dermatology


Dr. Richard Gallo is a leading medical scientist in the fields of human immunology, skin biology and the microbiome. He received his post-graduate training at Harvard and is now a Distinguished Professor and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. 

His groundbreaking research discovered the existence of antimicrobial peptides in mammalian skin, a field that has now grown to be seen as a major part of clinical medicine. Gallo's work has also revolutionized our knowledge of the function of the skin microbiome, with many research breakthroughs that have greatly advanced understanding of several human skin diseases including atopic dermatitis, rosacea and acne. 

He has received major awards from the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the Japanese Society of Investigative Dermatology, the European Societies of Investigative Dermatology as well as several other scientific organizations both within and outside of the field of Dermatology. He has been elected as a fellow of multiple prestigious societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Microbiology, the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatology Association. 

Dr. Gallo is one of the highest cited active investigators in Medicine, with over 40,000 citations from more than 350 publications in prestigious journals including: Nature, Science, New England J. of Medicine, Immunity, Cell Host and Microbe and others.

Education & Training

Harvard Medical School
Dermatology Residency Program 

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
MD, PhD, Medicine, Toxicology, Biophysics

University of Chicago
AB, Biology