University: University of florida college of medicine
Country: United States
Dr. Vincek obtained his MD and Ph.D. from the University of Rijeka in Croatia. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute in Tubingen under the guidance of renowned scientist Dr. Jan Klein, discoverer of the mouse major histocompatibility complex. During his postdoctoral training, Dr. Vincek studied the HLA-DR gene in humans and discovered its counterpart in various species including the gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan, Darwin finches, and African cichlid fish. In 1990 Dr. Vincek became faculty at the University of Miami and focused on the role of TNF-alpha in determining the susceptibility to UVB induced skin cancer. He also participated in developing new technology for rapid tissue processing using microwave-based technology and alcohol-based fixation. He holds the US and international patents for these methods that are now widely used in all pathology laboratories around the world.During that time he mentored several graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that are now independent investigators and faculty in the US, Peru, Germany, Czech Republic and Croatia. He obtained multiple NIH, ACS, NSF grants to support his research. At the same time, Dr. Vincek was able to finish his residency training in anatomical and clinical pathology at the University of Miami followed by his dermatopathology fellowship. In 2007, Dr. Vincek moved to the University of Florida as Director of the Dermatopathology program and built it into the second largest academic dermatopathology program in the US. In 2012 Dr. Vincek became the founding Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Florida and served as Chair for five years. During these years, Dr. Vincek has published 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and served as a grant reviewer and journal reviewer for multiple journals. Dr.Vincek is also known as the organizer and primary speaker of the Tampa Dermatology and Dermatopathology Board Review, the best attended board review for US dermatology residents.
His research interest focuses on HLA role in skin disease, Cytokine role in skin disease, Dermatopathology of skin diseases, Improvement of dermatopathology education.
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