Skin immune system

The team are interested in all aspects of skin immunity and skin immune responses, and their roles in inflammatory skin disease. Research has included investigations of environmental effects on skin immune responses, including those of stress and age.

Current work

We are currently looking at specific cells in the upper layers of our skin (Langerhans cells) which play an important role in the skin immune system. To better understand how skin diseases such as psoriasis develop, we need to study these skin cells in both affected patients and healthy volunteers. We are also interested in how these cells change as we age. Such studies may enable us to develop treatments, or even preventative measures to combat these changes. These studies are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC)