M. Julie Thornton

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

User Biography : Dr M. Julie Thornton Julie Thornton, BSc, PhD, graduated with an honours degree in biochemistry followed by a PhD on androgen action in cultured dermal papilla cells derived from human hair follicles in 1990. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bradford and a faculty member of the Centre for Skin Sciences, which is a leading centre of excellence in skin and hair follicle research (http://www.skin.brad.ac.uk/). She teaches histology and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular and cellular pathology at undergraduate level and has supervised a large number of postgraduate students studying for Masters, PhDs and MDs. She also coordinates the assessment of the franchised course for the honours degree in Biomedical Science in Singapore (MDIS) .Her long-standing research interests are in the endocrinology of hair and skin biology, particularly in the interaction and mechanism of action of the sex steroids estrogens and androgens. These hormones have significant effects on many aspects of skin biology including the hair follicle, sebaceous gland and vasculature. Understanding how steroid hormones, their receptors and steroid metabolising enzymes interact in human skin has important implications the fields of aging, skin cancer, pigmentation, hair growth and wound healing. She is a long-standing member of the European Hair Research Society (EHRS) and a member of the Education Committee of the Wound Healing Society, which studies and guides Society educational activity. The committee advises the Board on educational information received and recommends educational policy for consideration (http://www.woundheal.org/)

Biography Updated on 17 March 2011

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