Department of Dermatology

Nicole Ward, Ph.D., earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology/Psychology at the University of Winnipeg followed by a Masters of Science in Neuroscience at McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy & Neurobiology from Dalhousie University. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Research Institute focused on angiogenesis and molecular genetics and a visiting post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Ward is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Morphology Core of the Skin Diseases Research Center in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. As a researcher, Dr. Ward has obtained national and international research funding. Her work has primarily focused on three unique, but overlapping, conceptual areas in psoriasis pathogenesis. They are: 1) skin inflammation drives remote vascular inflammation and thrombosis, 2) the neural activation of skin inflammation and proliferation, and 3) elucidating a role for Il-17c and IL-17RE signaling in psoriasis pathogenesis. Dr. Ward has been first or senior author on >30 publications and has been invited as a plenary speaker at national and international meetings.

Dr. Ward also contributes to the teaching mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has received three teaching awards including the Scholarship in Teaching Award, a Faculty Teaching Scholar Award, and the Professor of Committee (Neuromuscular) Award by the CWRU SOM 2008 graduating class. As an educator and scientist, Dr. Ward trains, teaches and mentors undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.