Robert L. Modlin, M.D., completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Modlin was a pediatrics intern at NYU and a dermatology resident at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Modlin's primary research mentor is Barry R. Bloom, Ph.D.
Since 1990, Dr. Modlin has worked at UCLA, presently as:
Dr. Modlin's interest in leprosy began during his dermatology residency at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, learning from Dr. Thomas Rea. The goal of his research is using the study of leprosy as a model to learn about mechanisms of host defense in humans.
Dr. Modlin’s research goal has yielded the following:
Dr. Modlin has published more than 180 articles, including 13 papers in Science and Nature, and 4 in Nature Medicine. The Modlin lab's manuscript identifying distinct T cell cytokine profiles in leprosy lesions has been cited more than 1,000 times. An exciting recent discovery is the elucidation of the mechanism by which vitamin D subsets contributes to innate immunity against tuberculosis in humans, providing a rationale for therapeutic intervention.
Dr. Modlin’s additional accomplishments include these awards, memberships and positions: