Prashiela Manga, PhD

Assistant Professor; Departments of Dermatology and Cell Biology

Cell Biology, Dermatology







Contact Information

522 First Ave
Smilow Research Center
Floor 4, Room 407
New York, NY 10016

Tel: 212-263-9086, 212-263-5070

Research Focus

Metastatic melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, however if treated at an early stage, the prognosis is greatly improved. Dr. Manga’s research is focused on improving the ability to identify individuals predisposed to developing melanoma. Careful monitoring of those at risk will allow for early detection of cancerous and even pre-cancerous lesions, reducing the number of people who progress to untreatable disease. The first goal is to identify genes that can be used to asses an individual’s risk of developing melanoma. Genetic testing will then be combined with other factors, such as degree of skin pigmentation and sun exposure to determine an overall risk. Dr. Manga also is working to understand how these genes and their biological actions affect melanoma risk. Elucidating these effects will be the first stage in developing preventative strategies for melanoma. Her work is being performed in collaboration with the New York University Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative.