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Welcome to the Centre for Skin Sciences

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

CSS’ mission is to better understand skin and hair biology in health, with age, in relation to the environment in disease ad dysbiosis.

We have a very strong track record of successful partnerships with companies both in the UK and internationally, developing innovative new products for consumers and patients.

Our local to Bradford charity, the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, provides training placements for plastic surgeon fellows to complete a PhD in an area of wound healing or burns related research.

Our ethos is to maximise relevance of our work to human biology and we work together with our award-winning BioBank - Ethical Tissue - to do this.

We deliver skin and hair science knowledge and expertise into undergraduate and post graduate programmes of study in the Faculty of Life Sciences and we provide an exciting research environment for our graduate and post graduate students.


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

Skin Microbiome in Healthy Ageing (SMiHA)

Prof Julie Thornton, network leader

Latest news from our research

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.

Visit the MSc Skin Science and Stem Cell Biology course page.


The Centre for Skin Sciences Academic Faculty

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.

Contact Us

For all enquiries please contact

Prof Julie Thornton




Prof Julie Thornton, Director, CSS