Research areas

  • RL Dermatology - Photodermatology, Photoprotection


Lesley Rhodes is Professor of Experimental Dermatology, Director of the Photobiology Unit and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the University of Manchester and Salford Royal Hospital , Manchester.  Current appointments include Past President, European Society for Photobiology; Board member, NICE Public Health Advisory Committee: Sunlight exposures: benefits & risks; Board member, Public Health England (Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation); Emeritus Editor Photoderm, Photoimmunol, Photomed; Board of the USA Photomedicine Society.  Previously President, European Society for Photobiology; Lead for Epidemiology, Education and Prevention, NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group; Leader, Dermatological Sciences Research Group, University of Manchester; Chair, UK Skin Cancer Working Party; Chair, British Photodermatology Group and Associate Editor, Photochem Photobiol Sci.  She obtained her medical degree in London and her clinical and research training in Dermatology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and University of Liverpool, and the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Boston, USA. She runs a supra-regional diagnostic service in photosensitivity disorders and  photodynamic therapy for skin cancer treatment. Her research programme focuses on the mechanisms of visible and ultraviolet radiation effects on the skin, including inflammation, vitamin D synthesis, photodynamic therapy, photosensitivity disorders and the development of photoprotection including dietary and hormonal measures. She has >150 publications with 130 original manuscripts and >40 commentaries, reviews and book chapters.  Research funding includes Dept. of Health, BBSRC, Cancer Research UK, Association for International Cancer Research, The Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and the European Union.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Ann Webb, Jacqueline Berry, Anna Nicolaou, Adele Green, Gary Williamson, Zulf Mughal, Judith Adams, Tony Thody, Desmond Tobin, Gillian Ashcroft, Chris Griffiths, Neil Gibbs, Rachel Watson, Mark Birch-Machin, Frank de Gruijl, Peter Friedmann, Helen Richards etc.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies


  • Past President, European Society for Photobiology
  • Education Sub-Committee, British Association of Dermatologists
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Dermatology
  • Board, Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, Public Health England
  • NICE Public Health Advisory Committee: Sunlight exposures: benefits & risks
  • Cancer Research UK, Skin Cancer Prevention Advisory Board
  • Board, USA Photomedicine Society
  • Emeritus Editor, Photodermatology Photoimmunology Photomedicine
  • Scientific Advisory Board, International Photodynamic Association
  • Member of British Association of Dermatologists, British Photodermatology Group, British Society of Investigative Dermatology, European Society for Dermatological Research, European Academy of Dermatovenereology, European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine, American Society for Photobiology, International Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, USA Photomedicine Society, International Photodynamic Association.


  • Lead for Epidemiology, Education and Prevention, NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group
  • President, European Society for Photobiology
  • Secretary, European Society for Photobiology
  • Chair, UK Skin Cancer Working Party
  • Chair, British Photodermatology Group
  • Committee, British Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Associate Editor, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
  • Co-Editor, Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, Photomedicine


Methodological knowledge

  • Human studies, nutritional studies, photobiology studies
  • Cutaneous iontophoresis, tissue sampling including microdialysis
  • Ultraviolet dose-response modelling
  • In vivo and in vitro irradiation, fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry, cell culture, applications of mass spectroscopy


Professor of Experimental Dermatology, Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Director of the Photobiology Unit.


BSc 1st Class Honours. Basic Medical Sciences/Physical Anthropology, University College, London

AKC Associateship of Kings College, Kings College, London

MB BS Kings College London & Kings College Hospital Medical School

MD "Mechanisms of UVB-induced erythema", University of Liverpool



Research interests

  • Ultraviolet and visible light effects on healthy and diseased skin particularly photosensitivity disorders (sun allergies), mechanisms of acute inflammatory responses, relationships to longer term damage and means for protection and repair.
  • Cutaneous nutrient-ultraviolet interaction, sunlight and vitamin D synthesis.
  • Photodynamic therapy.


  • Development of electronic dermatology undergraduate education
  • Undergraduate Education Academic Advisor
  • Postgraduate degree supervisor
  • Educational Supervisor - research project options

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