Abigail Langton

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University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences; PhD in Stem Cell Biology.

University of Manchester; Master of Research in Stem Cell Biology.

University of Manchester; BSc. (Hons) Genetics.


Dr Abigail Langton is a Lecturer in Ethnic Skin within the Centre for Dermatology Research (CfDR) at The University of Manchester. She received her PhD in cutaneous stem cell biology from The University of Manchester and joined the CfDR as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 2009. She has an established record of internationally-recognised original research in the field of skin health and ageing. Her current research interest is focussed on understanding skin health across global populations, facilitated by a very successful collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, USA. She uses innovative technical and clinical approaches, such as non-invasive cutometry combined with detailed histological analysis, to determine the functional consequences of ageing across groups of individuals of diverse skin ethnicity.

Social responsibility

Abigail is Academic co-lead for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement for the Biomedical Research Centre - Dermatology Theme

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Abigail has been an active member of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology (BSID) for 12 years and was delighted to be accepted on to the society's executive committee in 2021.  


Abigail is the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Tutor for the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences.

Prizes and awards

Abigail was honoured to receive the BSID Early Career Investigator Award for Basic Science in 2019.

My group

Bezaleel Mambwe - Postdoctoral Researcher

Poonam Halai - Research Technician

Orsolya Kiss - Research Technician

Lindsay Cotterell - Research Technologist

Joel Rigg - Research Technician

Yu-Hsuan Tsai - PhD Student

Gillian Armitt - Senior Programme Manager

Carol Butters - Lab Manager

Research Nurse

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Areas of expertise

  • RL Dermatology
  • Skin ageing
  • Skin of colour
  • QM Human anatomy
  • QP Physiology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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