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Dr. Gillian Westgate,
Commercial Manager

Information about Dr. Gillian Westgate at the University of Bradford.

School of Chemistry & Biosciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
+44 1274 233416


Gill works at the University ofBradford where her role is to develop sustainable partnerships between industryand academic research in Life Sciences and to help translate science intobusiness opportunities. Read her views on academic-industry collaborations here.

Gill has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from the Universityof Edinburgh and a PhD in hair biology research. Her industry experience wasobtained at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hairbiology research programme for many years and through 17 years working for the industry as a consultant and 10+ years with the University of Bradford.

She is a past President of the European HairResearch Society and a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. She serves onthe organising committees for UK and international conferences and is wellknown in the skin and hair research field.

Gill is a co-founder and Chair ofCosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK), a networking organisation for the sector andbrings over 30 years industry experience, research leadership skills, access toUniversity experts, funding, facilities and mentoring. She is currently workingwithin CCUK to improve higher education development for the cosmetics sector toimprove employability in the UK.


A skin and hair biologist of over 35 years. Worked in industry in Unilever Research in the Life Science Laboratories where I conducted research projects on skin, hair follicles and scalp biology leading to over 20 publications and my PhD in 1997.

Innovation management is something I have taken a great interest in over the years. Working for industry means I have had first hand experience of translating basic science into novel technical insights, claims substantiation packages and helped launch new products/brands.

Working with many companies as partners in collaborative research, I can bring my innovation management experience to bear in helping manage the interface between research and business and translate technical findings into messages that are meaningful to the company teams.

Topics of scientific Interest:

  • Hair growth and the control of hair cycle, role of the dermal environment
  • Skin biology, skin diseases and skin microbiome
  • In vitro models and translatability
  • Skin and hair pigmentation and models to study them
  • Hair texture, especially the biological and physical mechanisms for the formation of curly hair


Details on teaching interests, highlights and modules are available for Dr. Gillian Westgate as follows:

Teaching interests

Innovation management in Life Sciences

Hair Biology

Hair Fibre Science

Professional activities

Information about education, employment and areas of particular interest for Dr. Gillian Westgate is as follows:


  • Unilever R&D Colworth - Research Scientist in the year 1981 (specified as 01/01/1981)
  • University of Bradford - Business Development Manager in the year 2009 (specified as 01/12/2009)


  • Universiteit Utrecht - PhD Hair Biology


There are 43 publications involving or that are attributed to Dr. Gillian Westgate. They are listed as:

  • book (1)
  • conference publication (2)
  • peer reviewed journal (40)


Dr. Gillian Westgate has 1 publication(s) listed under book.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Methods in Molecular Biology 2020 1 Editors: NV Botchkareva, GE Westgate 978-1-0716-0647-6 Springer nature : Humana 10.1007/978-1-0716-0648-3

Conference Publication

Dr. Gillian Westgate has 2 publication(s) listed under conference publication.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
First international symposium epigenetic control of skin development and regeneration: How chromatin regulators orchestrate skin functions 2013 Journal of Investigative Dermatology Journal of Investigative Dermatology 133 1918 - 1921 Botchkarev V.;Fessing M.;Botchkareva N.;Westgate G.;Tobin D. 0022-202X 10.1038/jid.2013.126
Bridging the "dead hair"-"live follicle" divide in applied hair research 2018 Journal of Cosmetic Science Journal of Cosmetic Science 69 315 - 322 Bertolini M.;Botchkareva N.;Westgate G.;Ward C.;Cornwell P.;Paus R. 1525-7886

Peer Reviewed Journal

Dr. Gillian Westgate has 40 publication(s) listed under peer reviewed journal.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
First International Symposium "Epigenetic control of skin development and regeneration": How chromatin regulators orchestrate skin functions. 2013 Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Fessing, Michael Y.; Botchkareva, Natalia V.; Westgate, Gillian E.; Tobin, Desmond J.
The biology of hair diversity. 2013 Westgate, Gillian E.; Botchkareva, Natalia V.; Tobin, Desmond J.
Human Hair Follicle and Epidermal Melanocytes Exhibit Striking Differences in Their Aging Profile which Involves Catalase. 2011 Kauser, Sobia; Westgate, Gillian E.; Green, M.R.; Tobin, Desmond J.
In search of hair damage using metabolomics? 2017 Westgate, Gillian E.
Both low circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol are associated with hair loss in middle-aged women. 2016 Noordam, R.; Gunn, D.A.; van Drielen, K.; Westgate, Gillian E.; Slagboom, P.E.; de Craen, A.J.M.; van Heemst, D.
The biology and genetics of curly hair 2017 Westgate, Gillian E.; Ginger, R.S.; Green, M.R.
Modulation in proteolytic activity is identified as a hallmark of exogen by transcriptional profiling of hair follicles. 2011 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 131 Higgins CA;Westgate GE;Jahoda CA; 1523-1747 10.1038/jid.2011.227
Characterization of LHTric-1, a new monospecific monoclonal antibody to the trichocyte keratin Ha1. 1997 British Journal of Dermatology 137 Westgate GE;Tidman N;De Berker D;Blount MA;Philpott MP;Leigh IM; 0007-0963
In the absence of streptomycin, minoxidil potentiates the mitogenic effects of fetal calf serum, insulin-like growth factor 1, and platelet-derived growth factor on NIH 3T3 fibroblasts in a K+ channel-dependent fashion. 1996 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 107 Sanders DA;Fiddes I;Thompson DM;Philpott MP;Westgate GE;Kealey T; 0022-202X
From telogen to exogen: mechanisms underlying formation and subsequent loss of the hair club fiber. 2009 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 129 Higgins CA;Westgate GE;Jahoda CA; 1523-1747 10.1038/jid.2009.66
Extracellular matrix derived from hair and skin fibroblasts stimulates human skin melanocyte tyrosinase activity. 1994 British Journal of Dermatology 131 Buffey JA;Messenger AG;Taylor M;Ashcroft AT;Westgate GE;MacNeil S; 0007-0963
Cytokine gene expression in intact anagen rat hair follicles. 1994 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 103 Little JC;Westgate GE;Evans A;Granger SP; 0022-202X
Temporary hair removal by low fluence photoepilation: histological study on biopsies and cultured human hair follicles. 2008 Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 40 Roosen GF;Westgate GE;Philpott M;Berretty PJ;Nuijs T;Bjerring P; 1096-9101 10.1002/lsm.20679
Human hair growth in vitro: a model for the study of hair follicle biology. 1994 Journal of Dermatological Science 7 Suppl Philpott MP;Sanders D;Westgate GE;Kealey T; 0923-1811
Prolonged maintenance of human hair follicles in vitro in a serum-free medium. 1993 British Journal of Dermatology 129 Westgate GE;Gibson WT;Kealey T;Philpott MP; 0007-0963
Keratin expression in the normal nail unit: markers of regional differentiation. 2000 British Journal of Dermatology 142 De Berker D;Wojnarowska F;Sviland L;Westgate GE;Dawber RP;Leigh IM; 0007-0963
Nutrition and metabolism in isolated human hair follicles. 1999 Experimental Dermatology 8 Matheson HB;Westgate GE;Parmar PP;Riches C;Blount MA;Ellory JC; 0906-6705
Glycosaminoglycan synthesis by cultured human hair follicle dermal papilla cells: comparison with non-follicular dermal fibroblasts. 1992 British Journal of Dermatology 126 Taylor M;Ashcroft AT;Westgate GE;Gibson WT;Messenger AG; 0007-0963
Changes in the histology and distribution of immune cell types during the hair growth cycle in hairless rat skin. 1991 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 642 Westgate GE;Craggs RI;Gibson WT; 0077-8923
Glycosaminoglycans in the extracellular matrix and medium of cultured human hair papilla cells. 1991 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 642 Taylor M;Ashcroft AT;Messenger AG;Westgate GE;Gibson WT; 0077-8923
Distribution of extracellular matrix molecules in human hair follicles. 1991 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 642 Messenger AG;Elliott K;Westgate GE;Gibson WT; 0077-8923
An in vitro model for the study of human hair growth. 1991 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 642 Philpott MP;Westgate GE;Kealey T; 0077-8923
Immune privilege in hair growth. 1991 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 97 Westgate GE;Craggs RI;Gibson WT; 0022-202X
Distribution of proteoglycans during the hair growth cycle in human skin. 1991 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 96 Westgate GE;Messenger AG;Watson LP;Gibson WT; 0022-202X
Rapid isolation in large numbers of intact, viable, individual hair follicles from skin: biochemical and ultrastructural characterization. 1986 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 87 Green MR;Clay CS;Gibson WT;Hughes TC;Smith CG;Westgate GE;White M;Kealey T; 0022-202X
Immunohistochemical localization of basement membrane components during hair follicle morphogenesis. 1984 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 82 Westgate GE;Shaw DA;Harrap GJ;Couchman JR; 0022-202X
Bullous pemphigoid antigen localization suggests an intracellular association with hemidesmosomes. 1985 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 84 Westgate GE;Weaver AC;Couchman JR; 0022-202X
Proceedings of the Ninth World Congress for Hair Research (2015). 2017 Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings 18 Bergfeld WF;Christiano AM;Hordinsky MK; ; 1529-1774 10.1016/j.jisp.2017.03.001
An in Vitro Model for the Study of Human Hair Growth 2006 ; 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1991.tb24386.x
Distribution of Extracellular Matrix Molecules in Human Hair Follicles 2006 ; 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1991.tb24392.x
Dopa oxidase activity in the hair, skin and ocular melanocytes is increased in the presence of stressed fibroblasts 2005 ; 10.1111/j.0906-6705.2005.00287.x
Seborrhoeic dermatitis and Pityrosporum (Malassezia) folliculitis: characterization of inflammatory cells and mediators in the skin by immunohistochemistry. 2001 Faergemann J;Bergbrant IM;Dohsé M;Scott A;Westgate G; 10.1046/j.1365-2133.2001.04082.x
Immunology of the hair follicle. 1991 Gibson WT;Westgate GE;Craggs RI;
Can plant-derived phytochemicals provide symptom relief for hair loss? A critical review. 2019 International Journal of Cosmetic Science 41 Daniels G;Akram S;Westgate GE;Tamburic S; 1468-2494 10.1111/ics.12554
Dose-response of human follicles during laser-based hair removal: Ex vivo photoepilation model with classification system embracing morphological and histological features. 2019 Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 51 van Vlimmeren MAA;Raafs B;Westgate G;Beijens LGM;Uzunbajakava NE; 1096-9101 10.1002/lsm.23085
Developments in silicone technology for use in stoma care 2020 British Journal of Nursing 29 S6 - S15 Swift T.;Westgate G.;Van Onselen J.;Lee S. 0966-0461 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.6.S6
Ewastools: Infinium Human Methylation BeadChip pipeline for population epigenetics integrated into Galaxy 2020 Gigascience 9 giaa049 Murat K., Grüning B., Poterlowicz P. W., Westgate G., Tobin D. J., Poterlowicz K. 2047-217X Oxford Academic
Age-related changes in female scalp dermal sheath and dermal fibroblasts: how the hair follicle environment impacts hair ageing. 2020 Journal of Investigative Dermatology Williams R;Westgate GE;Pawlus AD;Sikkink SK;Thornton MJ; 1523-1747 10.1016/j.jid.2020.11.009
Topical odorant application of the specific olfactory receptor OR2AT4 agonist, Sandalore® , improves telogen effluvium-associated parameters. 2020 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology Jimenez F;López E;Bertolini M;Alam M;Chéret J;Westgate G;Rinaldi F;Marzani B;Paus R; 1473-2165 10.1111/jocd.13608
Following historical 'tracks' of hair follicle miniaturisation in patterned hair loss: Are elastin bodies the forgotten aetiology? 2021 Experimental Dermatology 30 Rushton DH, Westgate GE, Van Neste D Wiley 10.1111/exd.14393