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).