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May 17, 2024

SID Talks and Posters!

Meagan and Maria attended the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting in Dallas, Texas. Maria and Meagan both presented posters, and Meagan gave a talk on her research in wound healing.


May 6, 2024

Welcome Nazifa!

Nazifa Salsabeel joined the lab as Ph.D. student. She will be studying epigenetic regulation and drug targeting in Merkel cell carcinoma! Welcome!


April 1, 2024

F31 Award!

Meagan was awarded an NRSA F31 award from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease for the study of transcriptional regulation of wound healing. Congratulations!


February 9, 2024

Elena Talk!

Elena presented a lecture at the Skin Symposium at University of California Irvine.


February 8, 2024

Elena Talk!

Elena presented a lecture at Sanford Stem Cell Discovery Center at University of San Diego.


February 7, 2024

SBDRC 6 from 6 Meeting!

Elena presented activities and resources available through the Mount Sinai SBDRC at the SBDRC 6 from 6 meeting!

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February 5, 2024

F31 Award!

Madison was awarded an NRSA F31 award from the National Cancer Institute to study Merkel cell carcinoma tumorigenesis. Congratulations!


February 1, 2024

Elena at Northwestern!

Elena presented a talk to the dermatology department at Northwestern University!

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January 19, 2024

New Publication!

Tenascin-C expressing touch dome keratinocytes exhibit characteristics of all epidermal lineages.

Nguyen MB, Flora P, Branch MC, Weber M, Zheng XY, Sivan U, Joost S, Annusver K, Zheng D, Kasper M, Ezhkova E.

Sci Adv. 2024 Jan 19;10(3):eadi5791. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adi5791. Epub 2024 Jan 19.

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January 8, 2024

New Publication!

Defining the fate trajectory of eccrine gland formation.
Branch MC, Ezhkova E.

Dev Cell. 2024 Jan 8;59(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2023.12.004.

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January 1, 2024

New Publication!

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December 11, 2023

New York Skin Club

The lab attended the New York Skin Club meeting, where Pooja presented a talk


November 13, 2023

Elena at Northwestern

Elena presented a talk to Northwestern University's pathology department!

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November 1, 2023

Welcome Megha!

Megha Padubidri joined the lab as a Master's student! She will be working on the epigenetic regulation of wound healing. Welcome!


October 26, 2023

Talk and Award!

Maria attended the SACNAS meeting in Portland, Oregon, supported by the Mount Sinai Diversity Equity and Inclusion office.

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October 22, 2023

Talk and Award!

Meagan presented short talk at the Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin in Oregon! She was awarded the Director's Award for Diversity. Congratulations!!

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October 17, 2023

CDRB/IRM Retreat!

We attended the IRM/CDRB departmental retreat. Pooja presented a talk, and Meng Yen presented a speed poster. Well done!

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October 15, 2023

Welcome Yudong!

Yudong Zhou joined the laboratory as a Master's student. He will work on studies of Merkel cell biology. Welcome, Yudong!


October 11, 2023

New Publication!

Updates in SJS/TEN: collaboration, innovation, and community.

Front Med (Lausanne). 2023 Oct 11;10:1213889. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1213889. eCollection 2023.


October 1, 2023

Aegean Stem Cell Conference

Elena and Pooja attended the 5th Aegean Stem Cell Conference in Greece. Pooja presented a poster, and Elena gave a talk!

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September 21, 2023

Poster Presentation!

Madison presented a poster at the Cold Spring Harbor Cancer Biology: Microenvironment & Metastasis meeting!

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May 17, 2024

SID Talks and Posters!

Meagan was selected for a short talk at the Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin in Oregon! Congratulations!


June 5, 2023

T32 Predoctoral Fellowship

Maria was awarded a T32 predoctoral training fellowship from the Dermatology depatment. We are very proud!


May 11, 2023

International Society for Investigative Dermatology Meeting

Elena returned to Japan as a member of the organizing committee for the ISID meeting in Tokyo. See photos from both her trips here!


June 3-9, 2023

Gordon Research Conference!

Elena went to Barcelona, Spain to present at the Gordon Research Conferences: Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization meeting. She was also a vice-chair of this GRC meeting.


May 31-June 4, 2023

Cold Spring Harbor symposium

Meng Yen, Minh, and Pooja attended the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories 87th Stem Cells Symposium and even presented posters!

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June 2, 2023

Methyltransferase-independent function of enhancer of zeste homologue 2 maintains tumorigenicity induced by human oncogenic papillomavirus and polyomavirus

 Michelle Khattri, Yutaka Amako, Julia R Gibbs, Joseph L Collura, Reety Arora, Alexis Harold, Meng Yen Li, Paul W Harms, Elena Ezhkova, Masahiro Shuda


May 15, 2023

Thesis proposal!

Maria successfully defended her thesis proposal and is now a PhD candidate! Congratulations!


May 30, 2023

New Publication!

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus-Mediated Reprogramming in Adult Merkel Cell Progenitors

Madison Weber, Minh Nguyen, Meng-Yen Li, Pooja Flora, Masahiro Shuda, Elena Ezhkova.


April 20, 2023

Pooja's K99!

Pooja was awarded a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the NIH. This is an extremely competitive fellowship award, and we are so proud of her!


April 14, 2023

SBDRC Retreat!

Meng Yen presented a selected talk at the Skin Center (SBDRC) Retreat! See a photo here!


February 9, 2023

Organizing in Japan!

Elena traveled to Okinawa, Japan as part of the committee organizing the International Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting! See photos from both her trips here!


December 12, 2022

New York Skin Club!

Madison gave a selected talk at the New York Skin Club meeting! Great job on her first time. See a photo here!

We also reunited with lab alumni Evan Bardot and Carmit Bar-- thank you both for for returning to speak about your careers at Nature and ImPress since the lab.


November 16, 2022

New York University seminar!

Elena gave a talk at the NYU Cancer Center!


October 11-12, 2022

BFSCI/CDRB Joint Retreat presentations!

Madison gave a selected talk and Meagan gave a speed poster presentation at the annual BFSCI/CDRB joint department retreat. Congratulations to both of them, and great job!

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September 8, 2022

Wayne State University talk!

Elena gave a talk at the Center for Cutaneous Biology and Immunology, Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University


August 10, 2022

SBDRC Transition to Independence grant!

Pooja Flora received a Transition-to-Independence grant from the P30-supported SBDRC at Mount Sinai. Congratulations on this achievement!


June 20, 2022

Thesis Proposal Exam!

Congratulations to Meagan on passing her Thesis Proposal Exam and becoming a PhD candidate!


May 25, 2022

University of Toronto seminar!

Elena gave a seminar at the University of Toronto, Collaborative Specialization in Developmental Biology!


May 2, 2022

Conference seminar!

Elena gave a seminar on epigenetic regulation of skin stem cells at the 3rd Fusion Conference on Epigenetics in Cancun, Mexico. See her photo here!


May 20, 2022


Great to meet former Ezhkova lab members at a conference! Julian was a postdoctoral fellow in our lab and is now an assistant professor at UNAM Mexico. Wonderful to say hi!


May 18, 2022

SID presentations!

Pooja and Meng Yen gave talks at the SID Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to both! Check out these pictures!

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May 17, 2022

USC seminar!

Elena gave a USC Stem Cell Distinguished Seminar.


May 2, 2022

SBDRC Retreat talk!

Pooja presented her research on hair follicle stem cell regulation at the SBDRC at Mount Sinai annual retreat! Learn more about the skin center here!


April 27, 2022

FASEB Catalyst talk!

Elena spoke at the FASEB Catalyst Conferences, Form and Function - Stem Cells In Action.


March 22, 2022

PASPCR seminar!

Elena presented a seminar on UV-induced epidermal pigmentation for the PanAmerican Societ for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR).


February 9, 2022


Elena gave a seminar for the NIH Transcription Interest Group, NIH/NIDDK.


January 3, 2022

New lab member!

Welcome graduate student Maria Mercedes to the lab!

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December 14, 2021

New publication!

Polycomb repressive complex 2 in adult hair follicle stem cells is dispensable for hair regeneration.

Pooja Flora, Meng-Yen Li, Phillip M. Galbo Jr., Maider Astorkia, Deyou Zheng, and Elena Ezhkova.


December 7, 2021

NY Skin Club talk!

Congratulations to Pooja for presenting her research on Polycomb regulation of hair follicle stem cells at the NY Skin Club!


November 1, 2021

Congratulations Meng Yen!

Congratulations Meng Yen for receiving the NYSTEM Institutional Training postdoctoral fellowship for his studies investigating the epigenetic mechanisms of skin photoaging!


October 14, 2021

New Lab Member!

Welcome research associate Eden Teferi to the lab!

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October 12, 2021

Retreat talk!

Congratulations to Meng Yen for being selected for a talk at the BFSCI/CDRB joint retreat!

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September 24, 2021

New Review Publication!

Polycomb Repressive Complex(es) and Their Role in Adult Stem Cells

Pooja Flora, Gil Dalal, Idan Cohen, and Elena Ezhkova


September 21, 2021

New Lab Member!

Welcome Postdoctoral Fellow Radhika Rao to the lab!


September 15, 2021 Interview

Elena and Meng Yen were interviewed by MedicalResearch about our recent publication in

Developmental Cell. Thanks to MedicalResearch for giving us this opportunity!

The interview can be found at this link:


September 14, 2021

HCPLive Interview

Elena chatted with HCPLive about our recent publication on epigenetic regulation of epidermal pigmentation. The interview can be found using this link:

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September 1, 2021

New Publication!

UV-induced reduction in Polycomb repression promotes epidermal pigmentation

Meng-Yen Li, Pooja Flora, Hong Pu, Carmit Bar,  Jose Silva,  Idan Cohen, Phillip M Galbo Jr, Hequn Liu, Xufen Yu, Jian Jin, Haruhiko Koseki, John A D'Orazio, Deyou Zheng, Elena Ezhkova


September 1, 2021

New Grant in the Lab!

Congratulations Meagan for receiving an NIH/NIAMS Diversity Supplement Award!

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August 28, 2021

SJS/TEN Conference Talk

Elena gave a virtual talk at the SJS/TEN 2021 Conference. The title of her talk was “The role of epigenomics in skin health and inflammation.”

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June 30, 2021

Thesis Proposal Defense

Congratulations to Madison for successfully defending her thesis proposal. Madison is now officially a PhD candidate!


June 7, 2021

GRC Webinar Talk

Meng Yen gave a talk at the GRC Series Webinar. The title of his talk was “UV-induced reduction in Polycomb repression promotes epidermal pigmentation.”


April 8, 2021

UPenn Epigenetics Institute Seminar

Elena gave a virtual seminar at the UPenn Epigenetics Institute. The title of her talk was “Epidermal Stem Cell and Their Epigenetic Regulation."


March 9, 2021

NYC Chromatin Club

Congratulations Carmit for presenting at NYC chromatin club and winning a CUTANA CUT&RUN kit for an outstanding presentation!


February 2021

New Publication

Polycomb complexes redundantly maintain epidermal stem cell identity during development

Idan Cohen* , Carmit Bar*, Hequn Liu, Victor J Valdes, Dejian Zhao, Phillip M Galbo Jr, Jose M Silva, Haruhiko Koseki, Deyou Zheng, Elena Ezhkova 


December 2020

New Graduate Student

Welcome, Meagan Branch!


November 2020

New Review article

Regulatory mechanisms governing epidermal stem cell function during development and homeostasis

Pooja Flora, Elena Ezhkova


May 2020

Congratulations Carmit for winning the Arthur Cederbaum mentoring by a graduate student award!

Achievement award ceremony is going virtual! May 14, 2020 3:00pm


December 2019


Congratulations Pooja for winning the NYSTEM training grant for stem cell biology  December 17, 2019


December 2019

BFSCI Skin Club

We were proud to be a part of the BFSCI Skin Club organizing committee!

December 9, 2019, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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December 2019

New Graduate student

Welcome, Madison Weber!


December 2019


Congratulations Carmit for winning the BFSCI Skin Club best poster presentation!  December 9, 2019, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


July 2019

New Publication

Congratulations to Carmit for the publication "Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 Controls Maintenance of Fungiform Papillae by Repressing Sonic Hedgehog Expression"


July 2019

Congratulations to Idan and Carmit for fantastic talks at the GRS and GRC on Epidermal Differentiation and Keratinization

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May 2019

Congratulations to Idan for giving a plenary talk at the SID annual meeting!

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April 2019

New Publication

Congratulations to Minh for the publication "Dissection of Merkel cell formation in hairy and glabrous skin reveals a common requirement for FGFR2-mediated signalling"

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January 2019

New Publication and cover!

Congratulations to Idan for the publication "PRC1 preserves epidermal tissue integrity independently of PRC2"

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