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Rossitza Lazova MD

Associate Professor of Dermatology and of Pathology; Director, Yale Dermatopathology Fellowship

Research Interests

Spitz nevi; Spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms; Malignant melanoma; Melanocytic nevi on special anatomic sites


Research Summary

My main interest is in Spitz’s nevi, Spitzoid melanomas, and Atypical Spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms. Other interests of mine are melanocytic nevi on special anatomic sites and their histologic characteristics and malignant melanoma. I am also interested in melanomas with heavily pigmented and multinucleated melanocytes, presumably hybrids with melanophages.

Extensive Research Description

My main interest is in melanocytic nevi on special anatomic sites and their histologic characteristics, malignant melanoma, Spitz’s nevi, and spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms. I am also interested in melanomas with heavily pigmented and multinucleated melanocytes, presumably hybrids with melanophages.


Selected Publications

  • Lee CJ, Whang JH, LAZOVA R, Ciesielski TE, Thomson JG, McCarthy T, Persing JA. Growth factor expression with different wound treatments after laser resurfacing. Aesthetic Surg J . 2007 27(1): 55-64.
  • Pawelek J, Chakraborty A, LAZOVA R, Yilmaz Y, Cooper D, Brash D, Handerson T. Co-opting macrophage traits in cancer progression: a consequence of tumor cell fusion? Contrib Microbiol. 2006 13: 138-55.
  • McCarthy MM, DiVito KA, Sznol M, Kovacs D, Halaban R, Berger AJ, Flaherty KT, Camp RL, LAZOVA R, Rimm D, Kluger HM. Expression of tumor necrosis factorrelated apoptosis-inducing ligand receptors 1 and 2 in melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 12(12): 3856-63.
  • Adams BD, LAZOVA R, Andrews NC, Milstone LM. Iron in skin of mice with three etiologies of systemic iron overload. J Invest Dermatol. 2005 125: 1200-5.

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