The Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford is a leading centre of expertise in the skin and hair sciences working closely with the health and personal care sectors. Its aim is to integrate basic science with clinical and translational research and leverage this into consumer and patient-relevant applications. Its laboratories provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and the CSS has well-established links with local hospitals and other research laboratories both within the UK and overseas. The centre is funded by Research Councils, Charities and Industry.
The CSS is currently growing its wound-healing sciences research base including via MPhil/PhD projects within the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit where trainee medically-qualified plastic surgeons conduct research projects in wound-healing research. This area is closely allied to its work on skin development, regeneration and repair of skin and its appendages including hair follicles and sweat glands.
Projects include work on:
- Role for Lhx2 in the control of skin development, regeneration and wound healing
- Bone morphogenetic protein signalling in the control of skin development and hair growth
- Mechanisms controlling tissue-specific chromatin remodelling during epidermal development and regeneration
- Signalling/transcription networks and regulation of tissue-specific gene expression programs in the developing and regenerating skin
- Micro RNA in skin and hair biology
- Sex steroids and wound healing
- Fibroblast subpopulations and wound healing.
- Role of POMC peptides in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Areas of Expertise:
The CSS is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and clinicians working on skin related projects with skills in cell and molecular biology, lipid biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical sciences, bioinformatics and clinical sciences.
Services it can provide:
The CSS offers a range of research services to meet the needs of small, medium and larger companies. Its experienced team of internationally-recognised scientists can advise and co-manage projects. The University of Bradford provides excellent support for industrial collaboration through its Research and Business Gateway.
The CSS is seeking partners who may be interested in accessing its science base via research projects as well as via consultancies. It is interested in working with companies within the health and personal care sectors.
To find out more visit www.skin.brad.ac.uk/