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Professor John McGrath

Professor John McGrath


I am Professor of Molecular Dermatology and head of the Genetic Skin Disease Group. I am also an honorary Consultant Dermatologist for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

I qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1985. I trained in dermatology and dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London. My research background is in electron microscopy and molecular biology.

I am a recent President of the European Society for Dermatological Research and currently serve on the editorial board of 9 international journals, including being the section editor for genetics for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Since August 2018, I have been the Head of St John's Institute of Dermatology. 

Research interests

My research interest lies in discovering what causes inherited skin diseases, how these abnormalities disrupt skin structure and function, and what we – as clinician-scientists – can do to develop new clinical and therapeutic benefits for people with genetic skin diseases.

Key objectives are to improve and expand prenatal testing options for families at risk for inherited skin diseases and to advance new therapies for affected individuals, which include cell-based, gene, protein and drug treatments.

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