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Professor Jonathan Barker

Professor Jonathan BarkerHead of St John's Institute of Dermatology
Professor of
Medical Dermatology



Jonathan Barker qualified in Medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1981. Having completed his internal medicine training (MRCP 1985) he undertook Dermatology training in the Department of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital, from 1985 to 1991, including a Senior Research Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology and Pathology at the University of Michigan, USA (1989-90).

In 1991 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Dermatology and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. In 2000 he was promoted to Professor of Clinical Dermatology. Since 2002 Professor Barker has been Academic Head of St John’s Institute of Dermatology. Professor Barker sits on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals.

He is heavily involved in postgraduate education, for example through his chairmanship of the Annual Course for UK Dermatologists. He also plays a prominent role in international dermatology. He is presently President of the European Dermatology Forum, having been Secretary-General since 2003. He is a Director of the International Psoriasis Council (2006-present).

Research interests

Jonathan Barker’s main research interests concern inflammatory skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and acne vulgaris, but primarily relate to psoriasis. In this disease his interests extend from genetic discovery, through pharmacogenetics and disease mechanisms, such as immunology, to clinical research.

To these ends close collaborations exist with Richard Trembath (Genetics) and Frank Nestle (Immunology). Clinical research is conducted through the Skin Therapy Research Unit, which he co-directs with Dr Catherine Smith (Honorary Senior Lecturer), see below. To date over 160 peer-reviewed articles have appeared, many in high impact journals, most relating to this multifaceted approach to psoriasis research.

In essence Professor Barker’s research is aimed at delivering improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psoriasis via an integrated translational approach.

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