Christopher G Bunick, MD/PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Departments & Organizations

Dermatology: Medical Dermatology: Middlebury Dermatology

Yale Medicine


Dr. Christopher Bunick is an Assistant 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. 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 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 to better understand the structure-function relationship of proteins involved in normal and diseased skin.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Career Development Award (Year 3)Dermatology Foundation (2015)

  • Career Development Award (Year 2)Dermatology Foundation (2014)

  • Bayer Lindau Fellow at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Lindau GermanyBayer Science & Education Foundation (2014)

  • Career Development AwardDermatology Foundation (2013)

  • Dermatology Investigator Research FellowshipDermatology Foundation (2012)

  • Preliminary Year Intern of the YearDept. of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine (2009)

  • The Dean’s Award for ResearchVanderbilt University School of Medicine (2008)

  • John G. Coniglio Prize in BiochemistryDept. of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2008)

  • Leon W. Cunningham Graduate Student Biochemistry AwardDept. of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2004)

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Undergraduate ResearchThe Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program (1999)

  • Missouri Valley Conference Soccer Scholar-Athlete: First Team, Men's Varsity Soccer, Vanderbilt UniversityMissouri Valley Conference Collegiate Soccer (1998)

Professional Service

  • Yale University School of Medicine Faculty Advisory Council (2015 - Present)

  • Yale Dermatology Residency Program Application Review Committee (2015 - Present)

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Contact Info

Christopher G Bunick, MD/PhD
Patient Care Location
Yale Dermatology1625 Straits Turnpike, Ste Suite 306
Middlebury, CT 06762
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208059
New Haven, CT 06520-8059

Dermatology Research in Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas A. Steitz Laboratory

Keratin 1-Keratin 10 Helix 2B Complex

The x-ray crystal structure of the complex between 2B helices of keratin 1 and keratin 10 is shown as a partial molecular surface (left) or partial ribbon diagram (right). The structure is suspended in front of an x-ray diffraction image (left) and a keratin crystal (right).

X-ray Crystal Structure of Human Profilaggrin S100 Domain

The profilaggrin crystal structure suspended in front of four panels (upper left, immunofluorescence of profilaggrin localization; upper right, yeast-two-hybrid image for profilaggrin and annexin II interaction; lower left, crystals grown of profilaggrin; and lower right, an x-ray diffraction image collected on the profilaggrin crystals)