National Institutes of Health Pigment Cell Research Interest Group
Pigment Cell Research Interest Group

of mice and moleculesThe Pigment Cell Research Interest Group serves as a forum for scientists interested in the study of pigment cells from a wide variety of disciplines; our interests include the development, growth, differentiation and function of melanocytes and in characterizing properties of transformed melanocytes (termed malignant melanoma) that are critical to their growth as primary tumors and eventually to their metastasis. Members have varied interests in this topic which include the study of immunological, structural, developmental, biochemical and molecular/genetic properties of pigment cells.

The group holds informal and interactive seminars. This interest group hopes to foster synergistic interactions among members who have complementary interests and/or expertise. All members of the intramural community, as well as scientists from other institutions, are welcome to join and participate.

For more information, contact group moderators Thomas Hornyak (phone 301-496-2481; fax 301-496-5370; e-mail, Julio C. Valencia (phone 301-402-9875; fax 301-402-8787; e-mail or Amanda Helip-Wooley (phone 301-402-2354; fax 301-402-7290; e-mail

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