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Desmond Tobin

PGDip(Chartered Management Institute UK 2008), PhD(London 1991), GI Biol(Royal Society of Biology, NESCOT 1987), BSc(NUI 1986)

Full Professor of Dermatological Science UCD

Member ScienceElected in 2021

Dr Desmond J. Tobin is Full Professor of Dermatological Science and Director of The Charles Institute of Dermatology at the UCD School of Medicine, Dublin. Prior to Sept 2018 he was Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford (UK). He holds a BSc from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth), a PhD from the University of London (St. John’s Institute of Dermatology) and post-doctoral training from New York University Medical School’s Dept. of Dermatology. Over the past 25 years he has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a focus on the biology of human melanocytes/pigmentation and hair growth disorders, especially those with an immune basis. Des is Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Trichologists, Royal Microscopical Society, Institute of Biomedical Science, and is as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is immediate past president of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, and currently is co-chair of the Irish Melanoma Forum. Des serves(ed) on several editorial boards, scientific advisory panels, and was a sub-panel member of UK-based Research Excellent Framework (REF2021). He has published over 200 publications, incl. 3 books, and his Scopus H-Index is currently 64 (Spring 2022).

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