Prof Lesley RhodesBSc, MD, FRCP, FRSB

Professor of Experimental Dermatology

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


Lesley E. 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. She is Associate Lead of the Dermatology Theme and Leader of the Photodermatoses Research Programme, Biomedical Research Centre, Manchester.

Lesley obtained her medical degree at Kings College & Kings College Hospital Medical School, London and her clinical and research training in Dermatology at Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and University of Liverpool, and Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Boston, USA. She directs a supra-regional diagnostic and treatment service for patients with photosensitivity disorders from a wide area of the UK 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, photosensitivity disorders, the development of photoprotective agents including dietary and hormonal (aMSH analogue) measures, and photodynamic therapy. She has >170 publications with >130 original research manuscripts and >40 commentaries, reviews and book chapters.  Research funding includes BBSRC, Cancer Research UK, Association for International Cancer Research, The Wellcome Trust, Association for Medical Research, British Skin Foundation, Department of Health and the European Union.

Current appointments include Immediate Past President, Director of Education & Training, European Society for Photobiology; Board, European Society for Photodermatology; Board USA Photomedicine Society; Board member, NICE Public Health Advisory Committee: Sunlight exposures - benefits & risks; Board member, Public Health England Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation; Co-Editor, RSC Comprehensive Book Series in the Photosciences; Emeritus Editor Photoderm, Photoimmunol, Photomed; Editorial Board, Br J Dermatol.

Previously she was 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



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



Memberships of committees and professional bodies


  • Immediate Past President and Director of Education & Traning, European Society for Photobiology
  • Board, European Society for Photodermatology
  • Board, USA Photomedicine Society
  • Education Sub-Committee, British Association of Dermatologists
  • Photodynamic Therapy Guideline Update Group, British Association of Dermatologists
  • Working Group on National Standards in Photodynamic Therapy, British Association of Dermatologists
  • 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
  • Emeritus Editor, Photodermatology Photoimmunology Photomedicine
  • Co-Editor, RSC Comprehensive Book Series in the Photosciences
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Dermatology
  • Scientific Advisory Board, International Photodynamic Association
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology
  • Member of British Association of Dermatologists; member of British Photodermatology Group; member of British Society of Investigative Dermatology.
  • Member of European Dermatology Forum; member of European Society for Dermatological Research; member of European Academy of Dermatovenereology; member of European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine; member of European Society for Photobiology.
  • International Fellow American Academy of Dermatology; member of American Society for Photobiology; member of International Photodynamic Association.


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


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