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Professor Vladimir A Botchkarev

PositionProfessor of Cutaneous Biology, Centre for Skin Sciences Deputy Director
LocationRoom H36a, Richmond Building
DepartmentBradford School of Chemistry and Bioscience
RKT CentreCentre for Skin Sciences
Telephone(01274) 233499

Research Interests (key words only)

Systems biology of the mammalian integument, Development and regeneration of the skin and its appendages, Molecular mechanisms controlling normal versus neoplastic keratinocyte differentiation and skin carcinogenesis, Mechanisms of the cutaneous response to chemotherapy.

Study History

  • Chuvash State University, Russia (MD, 1982)
  • People's Friendship University, Russia (PhD, 1988)

Professional Activities


  • Deputy Director, CSS


  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Section Editor
  • Experimental Dermatology, Associate Editor
  • North-American Hair Research Society, Program Committee
  • National Institute of Health (USA), Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Study Section

Research Collaborations

  • Sabine Werner (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)
  • Paolo Dotto (University of Lausanne)
  • Janice Brissette (Harvard University, Charlestown, MA)
  • Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu (National Laurence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA)
  • Ralf Paus (University of Luebeck/University of Manchester)
  • Caterina Missero (Centre for Genetic Engineering, Napoli)




Mardaryev AN, Gdula MR, Yarker JL, Emelianov VN, Poterlowicz K, Sharov AA, Sharova TY, Scarpa JA, Chambon P, Botchkarev VA, Fessing MY.

p63 and Brg1 control developmentally regulated higher-order chromatin remodelling at the epidermal differentiation complex locus in epidermal progenitor cells.

Development. 2014 Jan;141(1):101-11. doi: 10.1242/dev.103200.


Botchkarev VA, Fessing MY, Botchkareva NV, Westgate G, Tobin DJ.

First international symposium "epigenetic control of skin development and regeneration": how chromatin regulators orchestrate skin functions.

J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Aug;133(8):1918-21. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.126.


Gdula MR, Poterlowicz K, Mardaryev AN, Sharov AA, Peng Y, Fessing MY, Botchkarev VA.

Remodeling of Three-Dimensional Organization of the Nucleus during Terminal Keratinocyte Differentiation in the Epidermis.

J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Feb 13. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.66. [Epub ahead of print]


Paus R, Haslam IS, Sharov AA, Botchkarev VA.

Pathobiology of chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

Lancet Oncol. 2013 Feb;14(2):e50-9. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70553-3. Review.


Liu B, Liu YF, Du YR, Mardaryev AN, Yang W, Chen H, Xu ZM, Xu CQ, Zhang XR,Botchkarev VA, Zhang Y, Xu GL.

Cbx4 regulates the proliferation of thymic epithelial cells and thymus function.

Development. 2013 Feb;140(4):780-8. doi: 10.1242/dev.085035.


Kohwi-Shigematsu T, Poterlowicz K, Ordinario E, Han HJ, Botchkarev VA, Kohwi Y.

Genome organizing function of SATB1 in tumor progression.

Semin Cancer Biol. 2013 Apr;23(2):72-9. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2012.06.009. Epub 2012 Jul 4.


Botchkarev VA, Gdula MR, Mardaryev AN, Sharov AA, Fessing MY.

Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression in Keratinocytes.

J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Jul 5. doi: 10.1038/jid.2012.182.


Mardaryev AN, Meier N, Poterlowicz K, Sharov AA, Sharova TY, Ahmed MI, Rapisarda V, Lewis C, Fessing MY, Ruenger TM, Bhawan J, Werner S, Paus R, Botchkarev VA.

Lhx2 differentially regulates Sox9, Tcf4 and Lgr5 in hair follicle stem cells to promote epidermal regeneration after injury.

Development. 2011 Nov;138(22):4843-52.


Fessing MY, Mardaryev AN, Gdula MR, Sharov AA, Sharova TY, Rapisarda V, Gordon KB, Smorodchenko AD, Poterlowicz K, Ferone G, Kohwi Y, Missero C, Kohwi-Shigematsu T, Botchkarev VA.

p63 regulates Satb1 to control tissue-specific chromatin remodelling during development of the epidermis. J Cell Biol.

2011 Sep 19;194(6):825-39.


Ahmed MI, Mardaryev AN, Lewis CJ, Sharov AA, Botchkareva NV.

MicroRNA-21 is an important downstream component of BMP signalling in epidermal keratinocytes.

J Cell Sci. 2011 Oct 15; 124(Pt 20):3399-404.


Peters EM, Liezmann C, Spatz K, Daniltchenko M, Joachim R, Gimenez-Rivera A, Hendrix S, Botchkarev VA, Brandner JM, Klapp BF.

Nerve growth factor partially recovers inflamed skin from stress-induced worsening in allergic inflammation.

J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Mar;131(3):735-43.


Sharov AA, Schroeder M, Sharova TY, Mardaryev AN, Peters EM, Tobin DJ, Botchkarev VA.

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Is Involved in the Regulation of Hair Canal Formation.

J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.


Mardaryev ANAhmed MI, Vlahov NV, Fessing MY, Gill JH, Sharov AA,Botchkareva NV.

Micro-RNA-31 controls hair cycle-associated changes in gene expression programs of the skin and hair follicle. 

FASEB J. 2010 Oct;24(10):3869-81


Lyubimova A, Garber JJ, Upadhyay G, Sharov A, Anastasoaie F, Yajnik V, Cotsarelis G, Dotto GP, Botchkarev V, Snapper SB.

Neural Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein modulates Wnt signaling and is required for hair follicle cycling in mice.

J Clin Invest. 2010 Feb 1;120(2):446-56. doi: 10.1172/JCI36478. Epub 2010 Jan 11.


Fessing MY, Atoyan R, Shander B, Mardaryev AN, Botchkarev VV Jr, Poterlowicz K, Peng Y, Efimova T, Botchkarev VA.

BMP signaling induces cell-type-specific changes in gene expression programs of human keratinocytes and fibroblasts.

J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Feb;130(2):398-404. Epub 2009 Aug 27.


Sharov AA, Mardaryev AN, Sharova TY, Grachtchouk M, Atoyan R, Byers HR, Seykora JT, Overbeek P, Dlugosz A, Botchkarev VA.

Bone morphogenetic protein antagonist noggin promotes skin tumorigenesis via stimulation of the Wnt and Shh signaling pathways.

Am J Pathol. 2009 Sep;175(3):1303-14. Epub 2009 Aug 21.


Atoyan RY, Sharov AA, Eller MS, Sargsyan A, Botchkarev VA, Gilchrest BA.

Oligonucleotide treatment increases eumelanogenesis, hair pigmentation and melanocortin-1 receptor expression in the hair follicle.

Exp Dermatol. 2007 Aug;16(8):671-7.


Siebenhaar F, Sharov AA, Peters EM, Sharova TY, Syska W, Mardaryev AN, Freyschmidt-Paul P, Sundberg JP, Maurer M, Botchkarev VA.

Substance P as an immunomodulatory neuropeptide in a mouse model for autoimmune hair loss (alopecia areata).

J Invest Dermatol. 2007 Jun;127(6):1489-97. Epub 2007 Feb 1.


Fessing MY, Sharova TY, Sharov AA, Atoyan R, Botchkarev VA.

Involvement of the Edar signaling in the control of hair follicle involution (catagen).

Am J Pathol. 2006 Dec;169(6):2075-84.

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