Research Fellowships

PGY-2 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

We have a year-long, funded PGY-2 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position that is available beginning in July of each academic year. This is a unique postdoctoral position with responsibilities in clinical care, translational and outcomes research and student mentorship opportunities. This position is intended for applicants who have completed a PGY-1 internship and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to further training and research in the field of dermatology. All interested applicants should email Mackenzie Dehmer: for additional information.

Meet Our Current Fellow


Dr. Erica Lee
2020-2021 UNMC Dermatology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Erica Lee is our 2020-2021 PGY-2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UNMC Department of Dermatology. Dr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in neuroscience and health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Lee was a USC Presidential Scholar. She attended medical school at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, where she was a scholarship recipient and was heavily involved in service, leadership and research. While a medical student, Dr. Lee completed an advanced research experience with Dr. Jashin Wu at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, Department of Dermatology. She completed her intern year of residency in internal medicine as a prelim at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Lee has published extensively in the medical literature including over 42 research manuscripts and 2 book chapters.

Past Fellows

Dillon Clarey, MD

Dr. Dillon Clarey
2019-2020 UNMC Dermatology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Dillon Clarey was our 2019-2020 PGY-2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UNMC Department of Dermatology. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. He attended medical school at UNMC, where he earned a Regent scholarship and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his intern year of residency at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. While there, he was very active in medical student mentorship and teaching.

His research interests include increasing dermatologic access to care in underserved areas, teledermatology and complex medical dermatology. He is currently completing his residency in dermatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center residency program July 2020-June 2023.

Dr. Shauna Higgins

Dr. Shauna Higgins
2018-2019 UNMC Dermatology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Prior to coming to UNMC, Dr. Higgins served as the Post-Doctoral Skin Cancer Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Southern California. While at USC, she authored 32 publications, 3 book chapters and presented over 30 abstracts via poster or oral presentation. Dr. Higgins went to Brown University for her undergraduate education where she studied Human Biology and Business Economics while simultaneously studying Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was an exceptional medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed her internship at the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Program. She has a special interest in complementary and alternative medicine in dermatology as well as in studying dermatologic conditions in skin of color. She is currently completing her residency in dermatology at the University of Southern California + LA County Hospitals residency program July 2019-June 2022.