Save the date for SCC78!


Fundamentals of Microbiome for the Cosmetics Industry

sponsored by Biocogent

Course Overview

Brand new from the SCC, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to what constitutes a “microbiome” and more pertinently, the “skin microbiome”. Course participants will be given an overview of the field of microbiology and human microbiome research to provide an entry point into substantive conversations about how the cosmetic care industry should be leveraging the knowledge of the human skin microbiome to discover, develop, and launch products and services of value to ameliorate a variety of skin conditions.

Who Should Attend

Any cosmetic care research scientist or formulator interested in how the skin microbiome impacts skin health and how it can be modulated and balanced to ameliorate certain skin conditions.



Early Bird (Expires 04/15/2022)

  • $385 - SCC Member
  • $515 - Non-Member
  • $235 – SCC Junior or Student Member


  • $435 - SCC Member
  • $565 - Non-Member
  • $260 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.

Registration price includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a selection of coffee and other beverages throughout the day. View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

Instructor: Paul Lawrence, PhD

Format: In-Person

Date: Monday, May 2, 2022 (9:00am - 5:00pm ET)

During NYSCC Suppliers' Day


Jacob Javits Center 
429 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Read the Javits Center Safety Protocols.


This course will take place on May 2, 2022, the day before the NYSCC Suppliers' Day Exhibition Show (May 3-4, 2022). You can register for this course by selecting it as an add-on option during the regular registration process for NYSCC Suppliers' Day. Note: SCC Junior/Student members need to select "Student Badge" during the registration process in order to receive discounted pricing.

Course Outline

INTRODUCTION – an introduction to microbiology and the various types of microorganisms that will be discussed in the context of the skin microbiome. 

  • Cellular biological entities vs. acellular biological entities
  • Three (3) domains of cellular life
  • Putting into context: pathogenic microbes vs. commensal microbes
  • Microbes frequently associated with the skin – not just bacteria, though they contribute
  • Classical and modern techniques to investigate microorganisms

HUMAN MICROBIOME – an introduction of the concept of the human microbiome and the many discoveries that have been made since the inception of the Human Microbiome Project, including:

  • Gut microbiome 
  • Brain microbiome 
  • Skin microbiome
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Bacteriophage therapy

SKIN MICROBIOME – a deeper dive into what is currently known about the skin microbiome as regards resident organisms – types, species, aberrations/perturbations

  • Bacteria – the familiar culprits
    • Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Micrococcus luteus, Corynebacterium sp. – to name a few
  • Other microbe types.
    • Microscopic fungi
    • Pathogenic protozoa
    • Viruses—including “skin virome”, an expansive new field of study involving viruses that infect our skin cells, bacterial cells, fungal cells, etc.)
  • Characterization of the skin microbiome community
    • Techniques for the collection, identification and characterization of microbes resident on the skin
    • Metagenomics – its impact and prospects
  • Current products making microbiome claims
  • Products with “microbiome friendly” labels


  • Will these endeavors lead to lasting changes in how we approach cosmetic care?
  • How might regulatory agencies view this type of research?
  • Most importantly: How might the consumer respond to this type of research and the resulting products with their microbiome claims

About the Instructor

Paul Lawrence, PhD


Dr. Paul Lawrence received his doctorate in molecular microbiology from Stony Brook University and before that obtained his bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from the University of New Mexico. During his career, he has conducted biological research in academia, industry, and for the United States government. He has conducted vaccine and anti-viral therapeutic research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. In industry, he has participated in contract biopharmaceutical research and development for the former Collaborative Bioalliance and Dow Chemical. Dr. Lawrence was also the Director of DNA Production for the anti-counterfeiting biotechnology company, Applied DNA Sciences. Currently, he is the Director of Bioscience Research and Product Development for Biocogent. Over the course of his career, Dr. Lawrence has published more than 20 research manuscripts and review articles, more than 25 online science digests, as well as a textbook chapter on the molecular pathogenesis of the one of the world’s most infectious viruses.