Department of Dermatology

Tina Sumpter, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor

Tina L. Sumpter, PhD, is a Research Instructor in the Department of Dermatology, who joined the Department of Dermatology in 2010, after completing her postdoctoral training at the Starzl Transplantation Institute.  Dr. Sumpter earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine.  

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Immunologists
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology

Education & Training

  • B.S., University of Michigan
  • M.S., Indiana State University
  • Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Representative Publications

An overview of Dr. Sumpter's research may be found here

Research Interests

Dr. Sumpter’s research is focused on understanding the multifaceted role of mast cells in inflammatory disease, particularly in the skin.  The long term goal of Dr. Sumpter’s research is to identify therapeutic targets for inhibiting mast cell activation and reducing collateral damage in the course of inflammatory diseases.  

Research Grants

Grant Number: 1K01 AR067250-01A1

Title: Manipulating Neuropeptide Receptors in Mast Cells for Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

Role: Primary Investigator

Years Inclusive: 7/1/2015 - 6/30-2020