Richard Eckert, PhD, is a John F.B. Weaver Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Eckert is an internationally recognized investigator who has made pioneering discoveries in the area of surface epithelial biology – specifically focusing on the human epidermis. His studies have led to enhanced understanding of normal skin biology and to insights regarding the mechanisms that drive skin diseases including cancer. He also has a long-term interest in the prevention of skin cancer by natural biological agents.