Since 2021, Benjamin Nanes has been appointed as Instructor in the Department of Dermatology. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Nanes received his MD and PhD degrees from Emory University. He completed internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern, and subsequently joined the faculty in 2020.

Dr. Nanes currently performs research in Dr. Gaudenz Danuser’s lab in the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, where he studies the molecular basis of skin architecture and epidermal remodeling during wound healing. Specific areas of interest include keratin intermediate filament networks and regulation of the cellular force generation machinery. His research is supported by the Dermatology Foundation.

Dr. Nanes practices general dermatology and has an interest in inherited disorders affecting structural components of the epidermis. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.


Other Post Graduate Training
Emory University (2016)
Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine (2016)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Dermatology

Research Interest

  • Epidermal remodeling during wound healing
  • Molecular basis of ski architecture


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Androgenetic alopecia in COVID-19: Compared to what?
Nanes BA, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 12 83 6 e451
Verrucous pilar cysts infected with beta human papillomavirus.
Nanes BA, Laknezhad S, Chamseddin B, Doorbar J, Mir A, Hosler GA, Wang RC, J. Cutan. Pathol. 2020 Apr 47 4 381-386
Robust measurement of clinical improvement in patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
Nanes BA, Zhu JL, Chong BF, Lupus Sci Med 2020 7 1 e000364
SnapshotDx Quiz: June 2018.
Nanes BA, Chong BF, J. Invest. Dermatol. 2018 06 138 6 e43
p120-catenin regulates VE-cadherin endocytosis and degradation induced by the Kaposi sarcoma-associated ubiquitin ligase K5.
Nanes BA, Grimsley-Myers CM, Cadwell CM, Robinson BS, Lowery AM, Vincent PA, Mosunjac M, Früh K, Kowalczyk AP, Mol. Biol. Cell 2017 01 28 1 30-40
Slide Set: Reproducible image analysis and batch processing with ImageJ.
Nanes BA, BioTechniques 2015 Nov 59 5 269-78
p120-catenin and ?-catenin differentially regulate cadherin adhesive function.
Oas RG, Nanes BA, Esimai CC, Vincent PA, García AJ, Kowalczyk AP, Mol. Biol. Cell 2013 Mar 24 6 704-14
p120-catenin binding masks an endocytic signal conserved in classical cadherins.
Nanes BA, Chiasson-MacKenzie C, Lowery AM, Ishiyama N, Faundez V, Ikura M, Vincent PA, Kowalczyk AP, J. Cell Biol. 2012 Oct 199 2 365-80
Adherens junction turnover: regulating adhesion through cadherin endocytosis, degradation, and recycling.
Kowalczyk AP, Nanes BA, Subcell. Biochem. 2012 60 197-222

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society for Cell Biology (2021)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (2017)
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology (2012)