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Welcome to the Centre for Skin Sciences

I would like to personally welcome you to the Centre for Skin Sciences, one of the most well known academic centres in Britain for research and teaching in skin science.

The Centre has a faculty of internationally renowned scientists whose mission is to better understand skin and hair biology, to provide an exciting research environment for our graduate and post graduate students and to develop successful partnerships with companies developing innovative new products for consumers and patients.

Our research explores the cellular and molecular processes underlying skin and hair biology in both health and disease including world leading research focussed on the role of epigenetic processes in skin and hair biology and through 35 years of research into wound healing, as part of our charity, the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. Our ethos is to work with human tissues and cells to maximise relevance of our work to human biology and we work together with our award winning BioBank - Ethical Tissue - to do this.

Excellence is recognised through substantial investment from both industry and research councils, leading to high impact research outputs and we deliver skin and hair science knowledge and expertisae into undergraduate and post graduate programmes of study in the Faculty of Life Sciences


Professor Julie Thornton, Director, Centre for Skin Sciences

Our overall aim is to develop a substantial skin and hair sciences portfolio centred on high quality, high impact research with a balanced mix of translational and basic projects set in a high performing, financially sustainable centre of research excellence. Professor Julie Thornton, Director, Centre for Skin Sciences

Studies to evaluate adhesives used in skin patches

We are seeking volunteers to help us evaluate the wearability of adhesive products in forthcoming studies

We are now recruiting male and female volunteers aged over 18 

Please click below to find out more and to register your interest.

The Centre for Skin Sciences Academic Faculty

Post Graduate Opportunities in Skin Sciences

MSc Skin Sciences and Stem Cell Biology

Skin Science and Stem Cell Biology is the study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in tissue regeneration; study of which is ultimately aimed at the treatment of human disease by producing replacement cells, tissues and organs. Although still in relative infancy, this exciting new field of tissue engineering is rapidly growing in importance, as recognised by the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine which was awarded for research in this field.

The Skin Science and Stem Cell Biology programme at Bradford has been designed to allow students to focus on acquiring specialised scientific knowledge and practical skills in stem cell biology related to skin sciences, with a particular emphasis on the potential applications in the treatment of skin disorders as well as the relevance to regenerative medicine.

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Contact Us

For General enquiries and interest in studying skin sciences please contact

Dr Julie Thornton


For Business enquiries please contact

Dr Gill Westgate - Business Development Manager CSS



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