Prof Rachel Watson BSc (Hons), PhD

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Rachel Watson (BSc (Hons), PhD) is Professor of Cutaneous Science within the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health, University of Manchester. She received her BSc (Anatomy & Cell Biology) and PhD degrees from the University of Sheffield. As well as being the Academic Director of the MSc in Skin Ageing & Aesthetic Medicine at this University, she sits on the editorial boards of 3 scientific journals and is  Section Editor of British Journal of Dermatology.  Rachel also sits on the Steering Committee for UK-TREND (supported by the British Association of Dermatologists). Her research includes understanding the mechanisms which lead to skin ageing and the assessment of extracellular matrix repair, particularly by topical retinoids.

Rachel is Head of Division for Musculoskeletal Sciences within the School of Biological Sciences, is Deputy Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and is chair of governors at St Simon's Catholic Primary School (Hazel Grove, Stockport).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • British Society for Research into Ageing
  • European Society for Dermatological Research
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • American Aging Association

External positions

Chair of Governors, St Simon's Catholic Primary School

1 Oct 201731 Oct 2020

Section Editor, British Journal of Dermatology

1 Nov 201431 Oct 2017

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1997 - Doctor of Philosophy The University of Sheffield (1992 - 1997)
  • 1992 - Bachelor of Science The University of Sheffield (1989 - 1992)

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