Sergei A. Grando, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sci., is Distinguished Professor of Dermatology at the University of California Irvine. He graduated from Kyiv Medical Institute in 1980, obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 and in 1989, the Doctor of Science in medicine (D.Sci.) degree for studies of pemphigus and pemphigoid. From 1991 to 1996 was at University of Minnesota, from 1996 to 2007 at University of California Davis, and then joined UC Irvine. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He has published 285 papers and obtained over $12 million research funding from NIH and other funding agencies in the USA.