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Christopher Bunick, MD/PhD

Associate Professor of Dermatology

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Christopher Bunick, MD/PhD

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Dr. Christopher Bunick is an Associate Professor of Dermatology, specializing in general medical dermatology and dermatologic surgery. He also performs unique dermatologic research studying the three-dimensional structures of skin-related proteins using x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. He sees patients at Yale Dermatology Associates in Middlebury, CT. Dr. Bunick provides care of patients with all dermatologic conditions.

Dr. Bunick received his B.S. at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His PhD research studied the three-dimensional structures of calcium-binding proteins and proteins involved in DNA repair processes (e.g. the skin disease xeroderma pigmentosum). He completed medical internship, dermatology residency, and a dermatology research fellowship (mentored by Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas A. Steitz) at Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT). He performs laboratory research with the goal of using x-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, and biochemistry to better understand the structure-function relationship of proteins involved in normal and diseased skin and dermatologic therapeutics.

Education & Training

  • Medical Education Fellowship
    Yale University (2016)
  • Dermatology Research Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2013)
  • Residency
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2012)
  • Internship
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2009)
  • MD/PhD
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2008)
  • BS
    Vanderbilt University, molecular biology & mathematics (2000)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Young Investigator AwardAmerican Academy of Dermatology2017
Career Development Award (Year 3)Dermatology Foundation2015
Career Development Award (Year 2)Dermatology Foundation2014
Bayer Lindau Fellow at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Lindau GermanyBayer Science & Education Foundation2014
Career Development AwardDermatology Foundation2013
Dermatology Investigator Research FellowshipDermatology Foundation2012
Preliminary Year Intern of the YearDept. of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine2009
The Dean’s Award for ResearchVanderbilt University School of Medicine2008
John G. Coniglio Prize in BiochemistryDept. of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine2008
Leon W. Cunningham Graduate Student Biochemistry AwardDept. of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine2004
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Undergraduate ResearchThe Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program1999
Missouri Valley Conference Soccer Scholar-Athlete: First Team, Men's Varsity Soccer, Vanderbilt UniversityMissouri Valley Conference Collegiate Soccer1998

Professional Service

Yale University School of Medicine Faculty Advisory CouncilAdvisor2015 - 2018
Yale Dermatology Residency Program Application Review CommitteeFaculty Member2015 - Present

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