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Based in the Centre for Dermatology my research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms that underpin cutaneous diseases (e.g. alopecia and photodermatoses) and identify novel therapeutic targets that can be pharmacologically targeted. To do this I use clinical in vivo and ex vivo skin and a variety of genomic (RNAseq, microarray, nanostring, single molecule in situ hybridisation) and pharmacological (siRNA, small molecule inhibitors, recombinant proteins, clinical drugs) approaches to gain insight into which cells and signalling pathways are responsible for driving these diseases. My recent work involves examining how human skin resolves after exposure to UVR-inflammation, identifying the initiating triggers of solar urticaria and understanding the molecular mechanisms that enhance human hair growth.


2017-Present: Postdoctoral researcher within NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at the University of Manchester (photodermatoses research theme).

2013- 2017: PhD studentship awarded by Guiliani S.p.A at University of Manchester. Thesis title:An immunopharmacological approach to identifying novel targets for human hair growth stimulation: From cyclosporine A to Wnt signalling. Supervisor: Prof R. Paus.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR). 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, An immunopharmacological approach to identifying novel targets for human hair growth stimulation: From cyclosporine A to Wnt signalling., The University of Manchester


Award Date: 17 Jan 2018

Bachelor of Biomedical science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Plymouth

1 Oct 200920 Jul 2012

Award Date: 20 Jul 2012

Areas of expertise

  • QP Physiology
  • RL Dermatology


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  • Lilly Travel Fellowship

    Hawkshaw, Nathan (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • National Alopecia Areata Foundation Travel Fellowship

    Hawkshaw, Nathan (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Research Collaboration Fund

    Hawkshaw, Nathan (Recipient), 1 Jan 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)