BSID Chair and BSID Trustee
Dr Desmond J. Tobin is Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at University of Bradford. 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 20 years he has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a particular focus on the biology of human melanocytes/ pigmentation and hair growth disorders especially those with an immune basis (e.g., alopecia areata). His team was the first to identify antibodies to hair follicle-specific antigens in patients with acute alopecia areata, and also the first to establish melanocytes from the human hair follicles in long-term culture. He has identified a self-similarity of the POMC peptide system in the human hair follicle pigmentary unit, how pigmentation can be regulated by CRF and POMC peptides (incl. beta endorphin), and more recently by bone morphogenetic proteins. Together with Suman Singh he has revealed an unexpected role for filopodia in melanin transfer under the influence of myoxin-X and cdc42.
Des Tobin is a Fellow of Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, and Institute of Trichologists (Vice-President). He serves(ed) on several editorial boards and is executive editor of International Journal of Trichology. He has published over 140 publications, incl. 3 books. His H-Index is currently 48 (July 2015) and his RG Score is 43.36 (July 2015).Committee Members