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Centre for Skin Sciences Industry

We work with industry partners on different types of projects delivered as consultancy, contract research and collaborative research.

View a recent case study below:



Working with companies of all sizes

We've already developed over 100 projects for organisations large and small. Our approach is to help plan what your company needs and we do not operate an 'off the shelf' approach.

Within the CSS, we have a depth and breadth of fundamental skin science expertise covering a wide range of practical applications and projects. 

Our academic staff work on cutting edge internationally recognised research and we have a team of research support staff who work with industry partners on contract research and collaborative projects.

We work with human cells and tissues and support projects that support the 3R's

Please contact our Business Manager Dr Gill Westgate with your enquiry

Tel: +44 1274 235381


The following reflect significant achievements and on-going capabilities:

  • Isolation and characterization of dermal cell populations by age and  atypical skin samples, such as following radiation therapy or diabetic skin
  • Low passage culture of skin cells in 2D where original function is maintained in vitro and can be used to study gene expression
  • Isolation and culture of human hair follicles and derived cells, outer root sheath and dermal papilla
  • Spheroid ‘hanging drop’ culture of human hair dermal cells
  • Derivation of dermal adipose cells and culture to investigate effects on wound healing
  • Isolation and culture of hair follicle and epidermal melanocytes 
  • Co-culture of epidermal keratinocytes and melanocytes for melanin transfer assay
  • Biophysical interactions with skin and hair cells/tissue studied at tissue, gene and protein levels
  • Secretome studies from cells in vitro (proteomics analysis) to study young vs aged cells
  • Bioinformatics analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data to discover epigenetic markers in skin ageing and diseases
  • Gene knock down studies in ex vivo tissue models
  • Ex vivo organ cultures of hair and skin, including the hair growth model
  • Wound healing studies in 2D and ex vivo skin – punch in a punch and excision models



a collection of images from CSS

The various aspects of skin and hair biology. Thanks to PhD Student Rachael Sedman