Professor of Dermatology
Stanford University

Dr. Oro is a Professor of Dermatology and a member of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Stanford Cancer Institute at Stanford University. He trained in the medical scientist program at the Salk Institute under Ron Evans’ lab, working on functions of novel orphan nuclear receptors in model systems.  During Dermatology residency/fellowship in Matthew Scott’s lab at Stanford, he helped solidify the link between the hedgehog pathway and human cancer.  In his own lab in the Program in Epithelial Biology at Stanford, Dr. Oro has extended the original studies focusing on the role of skin stem cells to understand in tissue regeneration and carcinogenesis. He has a longstanding interest in the mechanisms of hedgehog signaling in hair follicle regeneration, and in the pathogenesis of the most common human tumor, basal cell carcinoma of the skin. He has continued his interest in the mechanisms of human skin development and early ectodermal differentiation by developing in vitro human skin differentiation from embryonic stem cells with the goal of producing corrected human epidermal sheets from patient-specific iPS cells.