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Neil Box

Neil Box

University of Colorado Denve

Assistant Professor


Neil Box is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Denver. He is a member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Skin Diseases Research Center and the Charles C. Gates Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Center. He is an active member of the Skin Cancer Tissue Bank executive committee. He has received Research Career Development Awards from the Dermatology Foundation and the American Skin Association. Dr. Box completed his graduate school training on the genetics of human hair, skin and eye color in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Sturm at the University of Queensland, Australia. During this period he identified some of the key red hair color variants at the MC1R locus (eg. R151C, R160W). His subsequent research on this subject produced some of the seminal melanoma association and gene interaction studies for MC1R. Since moving to the USA in 2001, he performed postdoctoral trained with two leading scientists in mouse models of human disease: Dr. Monica Justice and Dr. Dennis Roop at Baylor College of Medicine. From this work, he has assembled a research program aimed at uncovering the molecular mechanisms regulating melanoma risk. Since his recruitment to the University of Colorado in 2007, he has also continued his interests in working with human melanoma risk genes to explore their potential clinical and public health applications.


The mouse as a model for human melanocyte and melanoma development.