Dr Des Tobin

Full Professor of Dermatological Science & Director

University College Dublin


Dr Desmond J. Tobin is Full Professor of Dermatological Science and Director of The Charles Institute of Dermatology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to Sept 2018 he was Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at Bradford University, Britain. He holds a BSc from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth), a PhD from the University of London, Britian (St. John’s Institute of Dermatology) and post-doctorate from New York University Medical School’s Dept. of Dermatology, USA.

Over the past ~25 years Des has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a focus on the biology of human melanocytes /pigmentation in health and disease (incl. melanoma) and of hair growth disorders, especially those with an immune basis. Des holds fellowships from: Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Trichologists, Royal Microscopical Society, Institute of Biomedical Science, and is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Des is a past president of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, a founding member of the UK TREND Skin Health Working Group, and incoming Chair of the Alopecia UK Research Committee. He serves(ed) on several editorial boards, and scientific advisory panels including the UK-based Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). He has published over 200 publications. His H-Index is currently 68 (Scopus) and 81 (Google Scholar) Spring 2024.