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Richard Gallo, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology


Dr. Richard Gallo is a leading physician scientist in the fields of dermatology, immunology, epithelial biology and microbiology. He received his post-graduate training at Harvard and is now a Distinguished Professor and the Founding Chair 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 National Academy of Medicine (2023), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017), the American Association of Microbiology (2014), and the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2003). 

Dr. Gallo is one of the highest cited active investigators (h-index 143), with over 75,000 citations from more than 450 publications in prestigious journals including: Nature, Science, New England J. of Medicine, Immunity, Cell 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