University of Edinburgh, BSc Hons Biochemistry, 1981
Univeristy of Utrecht, PhD. Regulation of Hair Growth and Cycling; 1997
Unilever Research 1981-2002
Professional Activities (University)
Business Development for Centre for Skin Sciences
Professional Activities (External)
President of the European Hair Research Society (2011-2014)
Member of organising committee for the 7th World Congress of Hair Research, 2013, Edinburgh UK.
Member of Society for Investigative Dermatolgy
Member British Society for Investigative Dermatology
General Research Areas
Areas of Expertise
Specialist in the skin sciences
Direct experience in technical translation of science to products within the personal care sector.
Consultant to industry and very well known in the field of hair biology.
Knowledge transfer and building relationships between industry and academia
Outline of Research
The successful translation of scientific endeavour into commercial opportunities has been the focus of my entire career and remains a very rewarding goal.
My experience has been gained through 20+ years as a research scientist in the personal care Industry within Unilever where I developed a lifelong love of the hair follicle. I have been fortunate to be in a position to lead academic research programmes and University collaborations as well as work with colleagues in technical marketing,
More recently I have been able to appreciate, first hand, the key role Universities play in engagement with business and through knowledge exchange and the importance of these relationships to small and large companies.
I continue to provide specialised consultancy in the many opportunities to be gained by manipulating the hair follicle and in evaluation and interpretation of clinical data.
I give lectures on hair and scalp biology for undergraduates and professionals in the personal care industry and have been associated with the European Hair Research Society for several years, and am currently Secretary to the Board.
Higgins CA, Westgate GE, Jahoda CA. From telogen to exogen: mechanisms underlying formation and subsequent loss of the hair club fiber. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Sep;129(9):2100-8. Epub 2009 Apr 2. Review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19340011
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