The Cutaneous Biology Research Center (CRBR) is located in the scenic Charlestown Navy Shipyard, close to Boston and other collaborative research facilities.

Charlestown Docks


The CRBC occupies 43,000 square feet of space on the third floor of Massachusetts General Hospital's Lawrence E. Martin Research Laboratories, located at Building 149, 13th Street, Charlestown, MA.

149 13th Street in Charlestown


Of this space, 75% is devoted to research. The remainder is assigned to corridors, other non-research areas, and offices for principal investigators.

Interior of 149 13th Street


Led by David Fisher, MD, PhD, the rich environment within the CBRC promotes biological discovery and hypothesis testing, particularly as relates to translational questions in dermatology and skin health.

David Fisher, MD, PhD


The CBRC has a number of state-of-the-art core facilities. This includes the Histology Core, the Chemical Biology Program, Microscopy Core and the Transgenic Mouse Core.

CBRC Glass Bottles


In addition to these cores, there are a number of common research areas such as tissue culture rooms, cold rooms, radiation rooms and several centrifuge rooms.

Bottles in laboratory


There are 136 laboratory benches in an open research area configuration. This was adopted to maximize communication and collaboration.

David Fisher, MD, PhD


CBRC principal investigators are world leaders in the numerous disciplines relating to skin and employ or invent technologies which consistently advance basic understanding of skin biology.

Swirling lab bottle


To facilitate collaboration with clinicians and fellow researchers, shuttle services run frequently to Mass General's main campus and other research facilities.




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