Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Program 

The 2021 online proposal acceptance period has closed.

The intention of this program is to encourage and support only the highest quality research and training in areas related to dermatologic surgery. The Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Program serves as a catalyst to develop research initiatives for ASDS members. The purpose is to give research investigators a chance to define objectives, test hypotheses and provide a better idea of feasibility and directionality of research before applying for additional funds from ASDS or other external sources.

ASDS implemented a two-step application process to encourage high quality submissions and well designed proposals.

Step 1:

  • Submit a brief synopsis to describe the research study project.
  • The received proposals will be screened by the ASDS Research Work Group.

Step 2:

  • Selected applicants will be invited to submit a detailed research grant funding application.


  • March 15 — Online proposal submission deadline
  • By April 9 — Selected applicants will be invited to submit a detailed grant funding application via the online submission system.
  • April 30 — Full, detailed application submission deadline for selected proposals.
  • By May 31 — Final award decisions

Contact Hana Herron with any questions.

To access the application you must be a member and logged into this website. Log in here.

Past Supported Grants

2020 Kenneth A. Arndt Research Seed Grant Award – Supported By: Murad Alam, MD, MBA; Ashish Bhatia, MD; Lauren Meshkov Bonati, MD; Daniel J. Callaghan, MD; Shraddha Desai, MD; Adele Haimovic, MD; Heather K. Hamilton, MD; Lori M. Hobbs, MD; David F. Horne, MD; Omer Ibrahim, MD; Vivek Iyengar, MD; Carolyn I. Jacob, MD; Melanie Kingsley, MD; Stephen Van Laborde, MD. Nicole Y. Lee, MD; Jennifer L. MacGregor, MD; Heidi Prather, MD; Rachel N. Pritzker, MD; Nicola Quatrano, MD; Nazanin A. Saedi, MD; Nathan S. Uebelhoer, DO; Naissan O. Wesley, MD.

Support the Program

Sponsoring an annual seed grant is a powerful way to honor or remember a loved one, friend or colleague. It is not only a vivid tribute and acknowledgment of their impact on your life and/or career, it’s also an enormous gesture of hope for the future the dermatologic surgery specialty. Your meaningful gift provides critical funds to encourage investigators and to stimulate meaningful scientific work to yield benefits for patient care, as well as safety and effectiveness of drugs and devices.

Learn more about sponsoring the Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Program.


The ASDS Research Work Group encourages submission of research projects that stimulate the advancement of the practice of dermatologic surgery and document the outstanding and high-volume work of dermatologic surgeons.

*Indicates Board-directed research topic

2021 Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Recipients

Alexander Fogel, MD

Institution:Yale University
Topic: A study to characterize epigenetic alterations in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma occurring in high-risk sites

Nina Semsarzadeh, MD*

Institution:Cosmetic Laser Dermatology (San Diego, CA)
Topic: Combined Treatment with Nonablative Fractional Laser and Radiofrequency Microneedling for the Treatment of Acne Scars: a Prospective, Randomized, Split-Face Study

Reid Oldenburg, MD

Institution:University of California San Diego
Topic: Examining the therapeutic potential of Botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of keloids

2020 Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Recipients

Jacqueline McKesey, MD*

Institution:University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Dermatology
Topic: Studies on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Dermatologic Surgery

Mohammed Dany, MD, PhD*

Institution:University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Identifying Signaling Targets in Sebaceous Tumors of Muir Torre Syndrome: Implications for Screening and Quality of Life

2019 Jumpstart Research Seed Grant Recipients

Recipient: Wesley Yu, MD

Institution: University of California San Francisco
Topic: Mechanism of Immune Tolerance: HPV, the PD-1/PD-L1 Pathway, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Recipient: Spencer Bezalel, MD

Institution: Mayo Clinic
Topic: Evaluation of non-invasive non-thermal irreversible electroporation on cutaneous tissue

Recipient: Jigar Patel, MD

Institution: Duke University
Topic: Evaluation of the accuracy of computer-guided laser delivery versus a human-operator for cutaneous applications