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In 2014, Dr. Harris-Tryon joined the Department of Dermatology at UTSW and returned to the bench as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Lora Hooper, an internationally recognized leader in mechanistic studies of the host /microbe interface. Dr. Harris-Tryon expanded the focus of the lab to include skin.  Though insight has been gained into what organisms reside on the surface of the skin, little is known about how these organisms – collectively termed the “microbiota” – impact the immune system. The long-term goal of this work is to understand how the microbiota regulate skin immunity.

Dr. Harris-Tryon is a magna cum laude alumna of Haverford College in Pennsylvania.  After completing her undergraduate studies she entered the Johns Hopkins University’s Medical Scientist Training Program.  She completed her graduate training in the lab of Charles Lowenstein M.D. and  her work linked the expression of an endothelial microRNA play to vascular inflammation. 



Medical School
Johns Hopkins University (2010), Cellular & Moleculary Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center (2011), Internal Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2014), Dermatology

Research Interest

  • Host-microbial interactions
  • Innate Immunity


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effect of Age, Gender, and Sun Exposure on Ethnic Skin Photoaging: Evidence Gathered Using a New Photonumeric Scale
Chien AC, Qi J, Grandhi R, Kim N, Alessi Cesar SS, Harris-Tryon TA, Jang MS, Olowoyeye O, Kuhn D, Leung S, Rainer BM, Poon F, Suh J, Cheng N, Okoye GA, Kang S Journal of the National Medical Association 2017
Ets-1 and Ets-2 regulate the expression of microRNA-126 in endothelial cells
Harris TA, Yamakuchi M, Kondo M, Oettgen P, Lowenstein CJ 2010
The heat resistant agglutinin 1 is an accessory enteroaggregative Escherichia coli colonization factor
Samhita Bhargava, Brandon B Johnson, Jennifer Hwang, Tamia A Harris, Anu S George, Amanda Muir, Justin Dorff and Iruka N Okeke 2009 Aug
MicroRNA-126 regulates endothelial expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1.
Harris TA, Yamakuchi M, Ferlito M, Mendell JT, Lowenstein CJ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2008 Feb 105 5 1516-21

Honors & Awards

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund-Post doctoral enrichment grant recipient
    Microbiota-immune system interactions in the skin
  • Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award
  • Fellowship for Women in Dermatologic Research- American Fellow
    Sponsered by Lilly & Co and the Women’s Dermatologic Society
  • Judy Warson Award for Clinical Excellence
    Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • National Medical Association (2016)
  • UT Southwestern-“Gotcha Covered” Mentorship Program (2016)
  • Society of Investigative Dermatology (2013)
  • Women’s Dermatological Society (2013)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (2011)